Trump-Graham power nexus flows through Franklin

Source: Associated Press

By LAURIE KELLMAN

WASHINGTON (AP) — The preacher and the president, seated side-by-side in the lit-for-television Capitol Rotunda, leaned a few inches closer. The Rev. Franklin Graham whispered something to President Donald Trump, who listened as he kept his eyes on the pine casket at the center of the room.

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They were there to honor Graham’s father, the Rev. Billy Graham, pastor to presidents of any party and minister to millions more over seven decades. But that fleeting moment was a sign that the son has the ear of a president, and the kind of access to power that the elder Graham came to regret.

“Looking back, I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn’t do that now,” Billy Graham told Christianity Today in 2011.

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