Long before Donald Trump became president, he reportedly dreamed of building a glass cathedral for his personal spiritual advisor Pastor Paula White-Cain.
The televangelist became close friends with Trump back in 2002. She recently appeared on “Fox & Friends” where she revealed that Trump was inspired by a Newsweek cover that featured a Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California that was 78,000 square feet.
“He is such a great builder,” she said on Sunday. “He sent the article to me and he said, ‘Let’s do this before we both get too old.’”
“I think God may be had other plans,” the preacher added. “We need him as president. He is fearless, he is fighting for this country.”
Back in 2006, White had stated in an interview with the Washington Examiner that Trump planned to build her a “house of God.” She went on to claim that Trump had hired an architect for the structure. White says the plans fell through because “the timing wasn’t right.”
At the time White had shows on several networks, including Black Entertainment Television and the Trinity Broadcast Network. She was also being investigated by the IRS. The IRS was probing finances of a church she co-founded with her now ex-husband.
White is a millionaire. She never graduated from seminary.
She said she became friends with Trump when he called her after watching one of her television shows to tell her that she had the “it factor.”
Trump has credited White with “personally leading him to Christ.” White says that Trump attended Bible studies that she lead.
Many evangelicals have labeled White a heretic and accuse her of preaching the “prosperity gospel” a teaching that suggests wealth and health are guaranteed for those who practice the right way.
White recently joined the White House staff in an official capacity as Trump’s faith adviser.
She says that in her new role she will be advancing the “faith agenda of all faiths, of all people,” and working on the Trump administration’s goals of “alleviating poverty, strengthening families, building better communities.”
White added that she still believes that after his presidency ends Trump will build that glass cathedral.