Taking the cudgels for persecuted Christians who he feels were "horribly treated", President Trump vows to prioritize their resettlement as refugees to the U.S. over members of other religious groups.
The President revealed such new preference in a one-on-one interview on Friday with Christian Broadcasting Network anchor David Brody. Trump also made comparisons between the past administration's seeming priority for Muslim refugees over Christian ones. The President remarked that previously it was very tough, even nearly impossible, for a Christian in Syria to get into the U.S. as opposed to the ease by which he said Muslims could enter the country.
Trump said that people of various faiths suffered deplorable persecutions in countries such as war-torn Syria, including heads being chopped off. The Republican president, however, thinks that Christians endured worse sufferings. As such, he thinks admission policies on refugees to the U.S. may have been unfair to Christians in the past. This is something the new president wants to correct as he pledges to help Christians.
Brody pressed further if the president sees helping persecuted Christians as a priority, and Trump decisively answered " yes!".
The revelation comes on the heels of the president's signing an executive order that bans Syrian refugees for an indefinite period and suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, after which the State and Homeland Security and The Director of National Intelligence Secretaries will be able to decide which countries to accept refugees from. The executive order also states that the administration should "prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, given that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in individual's country of nationality".
During the campaign, Trump made the controversial but fervent promise to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. for fears that terrorists were posing as refugees to be able to get through the country. He also proposed for the creation of a Muslim registry.
According to the Pew Research Center report, of the nearly 85,000 refugees admitted to the U.S. in 2016, 38,901 were Muslims while 37, 521 were Christians. 99% of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S., however, were Muslims while less than 1% were Christians.
In the same CBN interview, President Trump also promised evangelicals that they would love his Supreme Court pick, while scoring the mainstream media as " opposition party".