Trump Is Like Biblical Queen Esther Who Saved Jews in Persia, Says Pompeo

U.S. secretary of state tells Christian broadcaster during trip to the Middle East he 'certainly believes it's possible' the president is like the queen, after whom a book in the Hebrew Bible is named

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says it’s “possible” that President Donald Trump is like Queen Esther, who saved Jews in the Old Testament.

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.”

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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."