Franklin Graham

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Jan 22, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Franklin Graham Defends "Not President Perfect" Trump After Porn Star Affair Allegations

In a Saturday interview with MSNBC, evangelist Franklin Graham addressed a recent allegation that one of Donald Trump's lawyers had paid $130,000 in hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels after alleged affair during the 2016 election season. Graham said Trump "is not president perfect" and encouraged viewers to "just have to give the man the benefit of the doubt."

When MSNBC "Live" anchor Alex Witt asked Graham if the president had a "sin problem," Graham responded that "President Trump I don't think has admitted to having an affair with this person. And so this is just a news story, and I don't even know if it's accurate."

Graham added that "at 70 years of age, the president is a much different person today than he was four years ago, five years ago, 10 years ago, or whatever and we just have to give the man the benefit of the doubt."

Trump denied the allegations, "so okay, let's say he didn't do it," Graham added.

As the interview continued, Graham was asked to explain his continued support of the president, who was recently accused of referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "sh-thole countries," Graham repeated the need to give Trump the benefit of the doubt: "He said he didn't say it, so I have to go along with the president in that he didn't say it."

"God has forgiven me and I've asked for his forgiveness, and I think the president has, too," Graham said of Trump's spiritual state. "We certainly don't hold him up as the pastor of this nation and he is not. But I appreciate the fact that the president does have a concern for Christian values, he does have a concern to protect Christians whether its here at home or around the world and I appreciate the fact that he protects religious liberty and freedom."

Graham reminded viewers that Trump is "a businessman who is a president, not a politician, but a businessman." He continued, "We should all be grateful that he's brought his knowledge to Washington and he's helping to turn this economy around."



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