Paula White, a TV preacher who promotes the controversial theology of the "prosperity gospel," has been given an official job in the administration of President Donald Trump.
White will work in the White House's Office of Public Liaison, The New York Times reported Oct. 31. Her job, an anonymous administration official said, will be to offer advice on the administration's Faith and Opportunity Initiative, Trump's name for the faith-based initiative that allows religious organizations to get federal funding to provide government services. Although it was later reported that White will actually oversee the entire faith-based office, it's likely her job will have a political dimension as well and that White, who has no experience working in government, will probably spend much of her time shoring up Trump's conservative evangelical base in advance of the 2020 election.
White, a Florida-based minister, has been allied with Trump since the early 2000s. She's a member of Trump's secretive Evangelical Advisory Board, which Trump formed before the 2016 election to woo conservative evangelicals.
White has also been one of Trump's most dependable apologists. Despite Trump's frequent crass behavior, his tendency to lie and his seeming unfamiliarity with the basic doctrines of Christianity, White has stood by Trump, going so far as to insist that God put him in the White House and that opposing Trump is opposing God.
In August 2017, White told fellow televangelist Jim Bakker that God put Trump in office despite his flaws.
"They say about our president, 'Well, he is not presidential.' Thank goodness. Thank goodness. Thank goodness," White said. "And I mean that with all due respect. Because in other words, he is not a polished politician. In other words, he is authentically --whether people like it or not--has been raised up by God. Because God says that he raises up and places all people in places of authority. It is God who raises up a king. It is God that sets one down. When you fight against the plan of God, you are fighting against the hand of God."
More recently, White sparked controversy last year when she told her followers to give her ministry a month's salary and implied that bad things would happen to them if they didn't.
"It is the basis or underlying support for your success in 2018," White wrote on her website. "It is GOD'S PRINCIPLE OF FIRST...