WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the inauguration of President Elect Donald Trump only one day away, the Trump Faith Advisory Board arrived in Washington for a special meeting with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer.
Among the attendees were leading religious figures from all over the United States. The group expressed their support for the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Ambassador Dermer thanked them and reaffirmed the importance of a strong relationship will the American people.
Electoral analysis has shown that evangelical Christians were the most influential factor in the USA election with the largest turnout of Evangelicals voters in history. As Trump heads to the White House, he has kept those leaders who helped guide his policy promises, lending him credibility with evangelical voters in the process close.
The leaders will continue to have influence after helping him win: He is keeping intact his evangelical advisory board, according to several members of the group, who say that there continues to be a weekly conference call, facilitated by Pam Pryor, a member of Trump's transition team with a background in conservative politics, including a stint with Sarah Palin. She was not made available for an interview, and the Trump transition team didn't respond to detailed requests for comment.
"Mr. Trump evidently told his staff he wanted to keep the advisory board intact, he wanted us to continue to meet, to give him advice, and I will tell you, I have been surprised at the level to which the transition team has solicited our input on personnel," said Richard Land, a longtime leader in Southern Baptist politics.
Members will likely attend the National Prayer Breakfast, slated for Feb. 2 -- less than two weeks after Trump's inauguration, and one of the first high-profile faith events of Trump's presidency.
News sources revealed that the board will probably meet in person in Washington. And they have already been asked by the transition team to provide names for key slots in the administration, including for faith-based offices.
Today, on January 20th, faith board will attend a private service at St John at 8:30am with the president and vice president families before the inaugural swearing in. Four of the five board member will proceed to Dias to participate in the seating in ceremony along with Rabbi Maye and dignitaries.
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SOURCE The Office of Mike Evans, Trump Faith Advisory Board