Franklin Graham praises Trump for efforts to defend Christian faith

Rev. Franklin Graham has lauded U.S. President Donald Trump as the most outspoken defender of the Christian faith among all the American presidents and has urged Christians to continue supporting and praying for him.

(REUTERS / Chris Keane)Franklin Graham speaks during the funeral for Ruth Bell Graham in Anderson Auditorium on the campus of the Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina June 16, 2007.

In a Twitter post on Dec. 1, Rev. Graham said he had never encountered a president who openly took a stand for the Christian faith. Although he had not publicly supported the Republican leader during his presidential run, he later on urged Christians to vote for him even though they did not agree with some of the things he said, Breitbart noted.

"Never in my lifetime have we had a @POTUS willing to take such a strong outspoken stand for the Christian faith" like @realDonaldTrump," said Graham in his Twitter post on Friday. "We need to get behind him with our prayers."

Graham's recent words of praise for Trump were his reaction to the president's statement during the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 30, in which he highlighted the birth of Jesus Christ as the true meaning of Christmas. The Republican leader reveled at how that single event "changed the course of human history," including the aspects of art, music, law, and culture.

Christmas in the White House this year was also notably different from the previous years in several ways. For one, the Christmas tree-arrival ceremony was conducted three days before Thanksgiving, BBC reported.'

In addition, Trump has done away with the generic "Happy Holidays" greeting and has been openly saying "Merry Christmas," just as he promised his supporters during his campaign period. However, some critics were not impressed and said former President Barack Obama also used the same greetings in his seasonal address.

Moreover, this year's Christmas season was marked by proposed tax cuts for Americans, which has been passed by the Senate. This, Trump said, was a present for the people.