In a recent TV interview, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says he doesn’t understand why President Donald Trump appeals to so many American evangelical Christians.
He told ITV Sunday morning talk show host Robert Peston, who asked him about “fundamentalist Christian” support for the president:
"There's two things going through my mind: do I say what I think, or do I say what I should say? And I'm going to say what I think.
No I don't understand it. I really genuinely do not understand where that is coming from."
Welby also seemed to equate his attending a potential state dinner, should Parliament approve Prime Minister Theresa May’s invitation for a visit next year, with past engagements where he was forced to sit down with mass murderers. He said:
"I spent years and years involved in conflict stuff around the world where I met people who had killed many, many people. You know, part of the job is to meet people you disagree with, and to testify with the love of Christ to them and to seek to draw them in to a different way."
Welby is increasingly under fire in his own church body for its failure to uphold biblical principles relating to human sexuality and marriage.