During a Fox & Friends interview, Southern Baptist minister and outspoken Trump backer Rev. Robert Jeffress claimed that “the Bible, especially Romans 13, does give President Trump moral authority to use whatever force necessary, including assassination or even war, to topple an evil dictator like Kim Jong-un.”
“I believe the Bible is very clear about that,” he added.
As ThinkProgress detailed on Wednesday, Jeffress’ interpretation of the Bible is controversial and at odds with many progressive Christian leaders. But while it may be temping to dismiss him, there’s a good chance Trump was watching while Jeffress made his case.
Trump has retweeted Fox & Friends nine times already this week, which he’s spending at his private club in New Jersey. And even when he’s not just retweeting Fox & Friends, it’s clear the president is paying attention.
Shortly after 6 a.m. on Thursday, the show devoted a segment to discussing how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) failed to deliver on his campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Less than a hour later, Trump echoed that talking point on Twitter.