Donald Trump's Oval Office Prayer Circle, Explained - 2017-07-12
On Tuesday, an indelible image began circulating on Twitter: a prayer circle in the Oval Office, with a tight close-up on the president's shoulders (and unmistakable helmet of hair), ringed by religious leaders laying hands on his back. Vice President Mike Pence, whose evangelical roots are well-known, is just about the only person recognizable in the image. But how did Donald Trump, who once referred to communion as "my little wine" and "my little cracker," wind up here?
This isn't the first time Trump has participated in public prayer as president—after he announced the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on January 31, he tweeted a photo of a prayer with Mike and Karen Pence, his sons, and other leaders, including the late Justice Antonin Scalia's wife and son.
The latest image wasn't shared by the president, but by Evangelical pastor Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne, who wrote that he and his wife, Dr. Adonica Howard-Browne, were asked to the White House to pray over the president.