Pompeo: Trump Is ‘Like Queen Esther,’ Who Saved Jews In The Old Testament

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister at his residence in Jerusalem on March 21, 2019. - Pompeo issued a thinly veiled jab at US Democrats over anti-Semi... US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister at his residence in Jerusalem on March 21, 2019. - Pompeo issued a thinly veiled jab at US Democrats over anti-Semitism, following controversial comments by a Muslim congresswoman over American support for Israel. (Photo by AMIR COHEN / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read AMIR COHEN/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 22, 2019 12:20 p.m.

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Christian broadcast network that it’s “possible” that President Donald Trump is like Queen Esther, who saved Jews in the Old Testament.

Pompeo made the statement Thursday in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on his trip to the Middle East.

The interviewer asked if Trump is “like Queen Esther,” who interceded with her husband to save Jews in what was then Persia and is now Iran. Trump has backed new sanctions on Iran aimed at reducing its ability to threaten Israel.

Pompeo said in response that “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible.”

The secretary of state recently drew criticism for holding a briefing exclusively for “faith-based” journalists.

Pompeo on Friday vowed new measures against what he said was the “threat” from Iran.

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