Trump’s religious advisor has said the president has been open to the possibility of voting for Christian conservative candidates.
In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s Terry Gross, Matt Barber, the president’s religious adviser, said the prospect of Trump becoming a Christian conservative candidate was “never in the cards.”
The comments come after Trump said he would consider voting for candidates who are “a bit different” than the candidates he endorsed during the 2016 campaign.
“I don’t know, I’ve never really considered that,” Trump told CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday.
“You have to go with what you know.”
Trump’s campaign has struggled to find candidates who could defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election, particularly in the swing states of Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania, where Democrats hold a commanding lead in the polls.
Trump has also faced criticism for not being a Christian and has defended his decision not to be a Christian.
“When I think about what Christianity is about, I think a lot about how to treat people,” Trump said in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union in September.
“You can be a good person and a bad person, and the only thing that really matters is the relationship between you and your neighbor.
That’s what Christianity teaches.”
The religious adviser said Trump would likely have to make a decision about who to vote for on Election Day.
“It’s not going to be as easy as you think,” Barber told Gross.
“He’s got to make his own decisions.”
Barber also said the religious advisor could have a role in crafting the president-elect’s agenda, and that Trump would be open to considering the possibility that Trump could vote for religious conservatives.
“We’ve talked about that,” Barber said.
“I mean, you have to be honest about that.
He’s not an ideologue, he’s not a guy that’s going to go out and say what he’s going and say, ‘Oh, this is a good thing.
We’re going to vote Republican.’
He’s a Republican.”