President-elect tweeted this morning that he is on his way to Washington DC, where events marking the peaceful transition of power have already started. Also today, preacher Franklin Graham told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,”
"I went to all 50 states this year. I saw God begin to do something as I went across the country. People came and confessed the sins of our nation out loud before God and the country. They confessed their sins. They didn't come to hear me. They came to pray." Three of the six religious leaders who have been invited to the inauguration ceremony tomorrow will offer a benediction, in which Franklin will participate, while the other three will do an invocation. Among them will be Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York.
"It's a great privilege to be able to to stand with the president and to be able to stand before the nation and focus on God for a few minutes," Graham told the program.
Graham, the son of revered Billy Graham, will read from the New Testament.
During the interview, Graham spoke to the division he sees in the United States. This includes, he said, the refusal of 70 Democratic members of the House of Representatives to attend the inauguration ceremonies. He insisted, however, that it is not Donald Trump who divided the country.
“This country has been divided for a long time," Graham insisted. "We do need to come together and we need to pray now more than ever. Our leadership needs prayer. Only God can fix this country."
However, Graham did not place the blame directly on President Barack Obama. But he did say that division festered during his tenure.
"It was divided before he came," said Graham, when asked by Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade about why Obama’s approval ratings remain high. “I think we have continued to be divided more during his presidency," said Graham. "It's got to be reversed. The only way I know for it to be reversed is if we begin to pray and whether African-American churches, Anglo churches, pray for this nation."
He added, "We need God's help."
"It wasn't Donald Trump that divided this country, this country has been divided for a long time!" Stated today by Reverend Franklin Graham.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2017