Evangelical Adviser Leaves Trump Over 'Conflict in Values'

But other religious supporters are holding firm in their support
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2017 11:42 AM CDT
Trump Loses 1st Member of Evangelical Advisory Board
President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Hagerstown Regional Airport, Aug. 18, 2017 in Hagerstown, Md.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump continues to bleed advisers in the week following his controversial comments on Charlottesville, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists. The Hill reports Rev. AR Bernard, leader of New York's Christian Cultural Center and member of the president's Evangelical Advisory Board, announced his resignation from the panel Friday, citing a "deepening conflict in values" with the administration. The AP notes that with only one resignation, Trump is thus far faring better with his religious advisers than with those from business and the arts, many of whom quit their positions this week. Outside Bernard, members of the Evangelical Advisory Board have condemned white nationalists while praising Trump's reaction to Charlottesville, in which the president equated hate groups and the people protesting them.

Trump also officially lost billionaire Carl Icahn as a regulatory adviser this week, the New York Times reports. Icahn announced he was quitting his position Friday, though the White House claims it fired him Monday. Icahn's defection had nothing to do with the president's comments on Charlottesville, but rather accusations of conflicts of interest. Icahn had used his position to advocate for changes to regulations that would have benefited businesses in which he's heavily invested. Several Democratic senators had called for Icahn to step down, and he announced he was leaving his position as regulatory adviser just hours ahead of a Times report on his conflicts. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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