As Easter Sunday arrives, President Donald Trump has yet to attend a church service in the capital since the worship events of his inauguration weekend in January.
Trump was spending this holiday at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, a frequent weekend destination. The White House would not say if he would go to Easter services. A year ago, while a candidate, he attended the nearby Episcopalian church where he and Melania Trump were married.
Where a president worships is always of interest in Washington.
Bill Clinton frequented a Methodist church. Jimmy Carter taught Baptist Sunday school. and Barack Obama visited an Episcopal church near the White House.
But compared with the buzz in 2009 over whether newly elected Barack Obama would join a church, there has been less chatter this year about Trump.
Some of the more liberal churches oppose his policies. Also, he’s out of town a lot of weekends. And he’s not seen as a committed churchgoer anyway.
To be sure, Obama attended church only occasionally.
Perhaps the churches are better off without the hubbub, said the Rev. Darrell Scott, a pastor from Cleveland who supported Trump’s candidacy and serves on a faith advisory board. Said Scott: “I believe one of the reasons he has not established a home church is it will become larger than life.”
Raised a Presbyterian, Trump has called himself a “religious person.” At a 2015 gathering hosted by Christian conservatives in Iowa, Trump said: “I’m Protestant, I’m Presbyterian, and I go to church, and I love God, and I love my church.” He has also spoken about attending Marble Collegiate Church in…
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