Trump Evangelical Board Member Resigns Over 'Conflict in Values'

Claudine Rigal
Août 20, 2017

But the president's religious evangelical advisory board, a mix of radical born-again preachers, televangelists and conservative political influencers, still stands pristine.

The pastor of a NY megachurch said Friday that he has resigned from President Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board, citing "a deepening conflict in values" with the administration.

In a letter released publicly on Friday, Pastor A.R. Bernard said he could no longer serve in his position due to a conflict of values with the administration.

Bernard's resignation reflects the sentiments of other community and business leaders who are distancing themselves from the president. Earlier this week, Trump ended the Manufacturing Council and Strategy & Policy Forum after a number of CEOs involved with the councils started dropping out. On Thursday, the White House also announced it would not create a council of outside advisers on infrastructure as planned.

Mr Bernard, who also serves as the President of the Council of Churches of the City of NY, said he submitted his letter of formal resignation on Tuesday after stepping away "quietly" from the Board "several months ago".

This news comes days after Bernard sign onto a letter from the Commission of Religious Leaders which condemned hate groups, especially "neo-Nazis" and "white supremacists".

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