Pompeo made the statement in an interview with a Christian broadcast outlet this week on a trip to the Middle East.
The interviewer asked if Trump is “like Queen Esther,” who interceded with her husband to save Jews in what was then Persia and is now Iran. Trump has backed new sanctions on Iran aimed at reducing its ability to threaten Israel.
Pompeo said in response that “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible.”
The secretary of state recently drew criticism for holding a briefing exclusively for “faith-based” journalists. On Friday, he vowed new measures against what he said was the “threat” from Iran.
In response to Pompeo's likening of Trump to Queen Esther, Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro tweeted the differences between the President and Queen: "Esther was loyal. Esther was discreet. Esther was humble. Esther rarely tweeted insults of dead war heroes."
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