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Franklin Graham: Trump is better than Clinton. But Graham says he’s not endorsing.

Franklin Graham told a group of religious leaders that Donald Trump would be a better president than Hillary Clinton.
Franklin Graham told a group of religious leaders that Donald Trump would be a better president than Hillary Clinton. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, praised Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday, according to an article in the Christian Post.

But Graham told the Observer in a Tweet Wednesday that he is “not endorsing anyone for POTUS (president of the United States).”

Graham was part of a meeting Tuesday with 900 Christian leaders in New York City. Trump spoke to them in an attempt to assuage their concerns that he isn’t conservative enough on issues that are important to them, including religious freedom.

The Christian Post said the Rev. E.W. Jackson of Virginia said Graham told the pastors and political leaders that Hillary Clinton offers the country “no hope” while Trump offers a “tremendous amount of hope.”

National Public Radio attended the meeting. NPR said Graham said that Trump’s past is not dissimilar to figures from the Bible. NPR reported that Graham compared Trump’s past with Biblical figures such as Moses, who disobeyed God.

“There is none of us that are perfect,” Graham said according to NPR. “There’s no perfect person – there’s only one, and that’s the Lord Jesus Christ, but he’s not running for president of the United States.”

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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