By TOM GJELTEN
Christians who have come to the United States seeking refuge from persecution should be a natural constituency for Donald Trump.
During his campaign and in his early weeks in office, Trump highlighted the plight of Christians around the world who suffer for their beliefs. “Christians in the Middle East have been executed in large numbers,” he tweeted in January. “We cannot allow this horror to continue!”
The first version of Trump’s travel ban gave preferential treatment to Christian refugees, and when Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in May, he quoted Trump as saying, “Nobody has been treated worse in the Middle East.” Trump had made clear, Pence said, that “America will stand by followers of Christ.”