Africa American Pastors Pray with Trump in White House


President Donald Trump met with a group of about 20 black pastors and Christian leaders at the White House on Wednesday, a meeting that has upset at least one left-leaning African-American pastor. 

The roundtable event, dubbed the president's "Meeting With Inner City Pastors," was attended by a number of well-known African-American church leaders who prayed with the president and discussed a number of topics, including urban workforce development, prison reform and possible public-private partnerships with the faith community.

Included in the meeting and seated to the right of the president during the discussion was megachurch pastor John Gray, who previously served at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas before taking the helm at the 21,000-member multi-campus Redemption Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, who has been actively involved in previous meetings with the administration, was also present. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece Alveda King, prominent Trump supporter and Ohio pastor Darrell Scott, and Alabama Pastor Kyle Searcy of the multi-racial Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery, were among the many others who attended.

As well, caucasian televangelist Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, who has played an instrumental role in organizing the evangelical engagement with the Trump administration, also attended the meeting. The full list of participants can be found here.

"These are great people, most of whom I know," Trump said at the beginning of the discussion. "And my administration is open, 100 percent, and we have been."

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