WASHINGTON – NPR got its story wrong in reporting evangelical leaders are calling for a June summit meeting with President Trump about concerns over the Stormy Daniels allegations, says Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, who describes himself as “one of the key organizers.”
Perkins characterized the report as “fake news.”
Instead, Perkins said there is an effort to organize an event similar to the one held in New York in 2016 at which about 1,000 evangelical leaders gathered to share ideas. This time, he said the focus would be about “Congress’ poor performance on promises made” since the last election.
An NPR story published this morning says evangelical leaders are organizing a meeting with the President because they’re “concerned” about his past and its effect on the midterm election. This is not true. How do I know? I’m one of the key organizers. https://t.co/hCgJAXHa8U
— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) April 7, 2018
“The GOP’s future depends upon evangelicals remaining enthused and engaged, which depends on the president’s agenda going forward – and the left knows it,” Perkins said in a tweet blasting the state-subsidized NPR story quoting anonymous sources.
Perkins praised Trump for advancing “the most pro-life policies since Roe v. Wade” and for “working hard to restore religious freedom that was systematically attacked by the previous administration.”
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Headlined “Concerned’ Evangelicals Plan to Meet With Trump As Sex Scandals Swirl,” the story noted it relied on four anonymous sources for its hook.
“As allegations continue to swirl about the president and a payout to a porn star to cover up a sexual encounter, evangelical leaders are organizing a sit-down with President Trump in June, four sources with knowledge of the planned meeting tell NPR,” the report began.
“‘We’re very concerned about the allegations,’ said a leader of a faith-based ministry. The leader is involved in hosting the gathering, which organizers are aiming to take place June 19 at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The source said the combination of the Stormy Daniels sex-scandal allegations and Trump’s continued reputation for divisive rhetoric could suppress evangelical turnout in the November midterm elections.”