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Trump Solicits Evangelicals’ Recommendations for Appointment in His Administration

( [email protected] ) Dec 10, 2016 11:02 AM EST
Donald Trump wants to continue his connection with the Evangelicals. His administration kept on soliciting recommendations from the Evangelical Advisory Board to be placed in the cabinet. Several evangelicals who are already appointed are Scott Pruit, Mike Pence, Ben Carson, and Betsy DeVos.
Members of the clergy lay hands and pray over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, U.S., September 21, 2016.

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President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to seek recommendations from his Evangelical Advisory Board with regards to filling up positions in the cabinet. Evangelicals contribute a large part of Trump winning the presidency where 81 percent of them who participated in the election voted for him.

In an interview of Christian Post to Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and executive advisory board member, he stated that the Trump administration never cease to miss a day in asking them whether they have any other people to recommend or to give to Trump.

"I've never had that level of solicitation from an administration before. I think it's a positive signal, I think it reflects the fact that they want our input and that they understand at top levels that we were an essential element in their winning coalition," he said.

Trump requested to be in touch with the Evangelical board in a daily basis and to stay in contact, on which the board eagerly complied. "I have such tremendous respect and admiration for this group and I look forward to continuing to talk about the issues important to evangelicals, and all Americans, and the common sense solutions I will implement when I am president," Trump said.

Donald Trump is continuing to place evangelicals in his cabinet, with the recent appointment of Scott Pruit to head the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruit is reportedly against the notion of global warming and has been suing EPA and the Obama administration because of their climate change initiatives and efforts, according to Deseret. This caused science and education professionals to be perturbed by Trump's recent pick. Pruit is also against abortion and marriage equality.

Other Evangelical picks of Trump include Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Dr. Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Another is billionaire Betsy DeVos who is placed to head the Department of Education. She is a supporter of voucher programs which lets public funds be used to pay for private school tuitions.

"So far we're encouraged. So far I would have to say that I have been more pleased than I expected to be with his appointments. But there are a lot of appointments still to make and the most important one, of course, is who's going to replace Scalia and federal judgeships in general and those are gonna be absolutely key," said Land.

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