The Archbishop of Canterbury: We should pray for America after Donald Trump’s victory

'My continuing prayers are that the United States of America may find reconciliation,' says Justin Welby

Maya Oppenheim
Wednesday 09 November 2016 15:27
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Welby previously condemned the Republican’s plans to ban Muslims from the US as 'not a christian thing to do'
Welby previously condemned the Republican’s plans to ban Muslims from the US as 'not a christian thing to do'

Unlike Theresa May or Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte, the Archbishop of Canterbury has not been able to bring himself to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory. On the contrary, his message about the shock US election result was distinctly subdued and muted.

Justin Welby called for “reconciliation” in America after the most ferocious and divisive presidential election campaign in modern history.

The principal leader of the Church of England also pledged to “pray for all the people of the United States”.

“As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, my continuing prayers are that the United States of America may find reconciliation after a bitter campaign and that Mr Trump may be given wisdom, insight, and grace as he faces the tasks before him,” Welby said.

This is not the first time Welby has spoken out about Mr Trump. In June, he condemned the Republican’s plans to ban Muslims from the US as "not a christian thing to do".

Mr Trump called for a “Muslim ban” in December. He has since adjusted the plan to prohibit entry for people from countries with heavy terrorist activity however he has yet to give concrete details or specify which countries would be included in that list.

In January, Welby said Mr Trump would present a “very challenging” situation if he were to win the race for the White House.

The victory of the reality TV star and property magnate has left pollsters, the press and much of the public stunned. On top of his win, the Republican party has also won the House of Representatives and a great deal of the Senate.

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