As talks of the Russia Trump collusion are back on people’s minds, Trump was seen in an Oval Office prayer session on Monday with evangelical leaders. It was a closed-door private meeting that was exposed to the public after a photo appeared on Twitter.
This prayer meeting happened just one day after The New York Times first broke the story of Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russia lawyer who had ties with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump Jr. also confirmed the meeting that the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and son-in-law Jared Kushner attended.
The photo shows Trump surrounded by the group while they placed their hand on his shoulders as he had his head bent for prayer. The photo was posted by Johnnie Moore who is a former senior vice president at Liberty University. In the photo, it also showed Vice President Pence with his head lowered and eyes shut in prayer.
— Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) July 12, 2017
Other people that are seen in the photo were Jack Graham, the pastor of Texas’ Prestonwood Baptist Church, Michele Bachmann, the former Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, televangelist Paula White and Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of Florida’s The River at Tampa Bay Church.
According to Moore, he said they were invited to meet with the President, describing it as a “lighthearted visit among friends” that ended in prayer.
Moore also stated that during the meeting Trump was “absolutely confident, entirely in command” and added that Trump was “in good spirits.”
“He was as strong and focused as I have ever seen him. It was as if he was entirely above the fray,” said Moore.
Rodney Howard-Browne also shared a photo to social media on Tuesday, saying that this experience was “surreal.”
Browne wrote on Facebook, “What a humbling moment standing in the Oval Office – laying hands and praying for our President – Supernatural Wisdom, Guidance and Protection – who could ever even imagine – wow – we are going to see another great spiritual awakening.”
During his time in office and the presidential campaign, Trump has worked hard to try to please his evangelical voters. There were 81% of evangelicals voted for Trump during the presidential election.
This meeting was not on Trump’s public schedule. His schedule has been empty of appearances this whole week. He is expected to leave for Paris later tonight.