Before he was president-elect, Donald Trump sat down with CBN’s David Brody to talk about issues Christians face both in the United States and abroad. As Trump prepares to take office, we’re looking back at his religious liberty statements that eventually got him elected. In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump says that if he runs for president

of the United States, he will be the “greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time.” He says he’s outraged over the fact that many Christians are stuck in Syria and Iraq even though they want to come to the United States. Trump sat down with The Brody File in Iowa this past weekend. Watch the clip below along with a transcription.

David Brody: Conservative Christians are concerned about the deterioration of this culture. They are concerned about the marriage issue. What is your message to them on religious liberty and on religious freedom? What are your thoughts about that? What is your message to them specifically?

Donald Trump: Well, it’s a very big message. As you know, I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. Most people don’t know that. They have no idea. I’m proud of it. I’m very proud of it.

One of the things I learned this weekend being in Iowa, I met with a lot of national security experts and everything else, that if you’re a Christian living in Syria you can’t come into this country. Yet, if you are a Muslim living in Syria, who are not under attack, they can come in.

But we have Christians being beheaded all over the world by ISIS. In Syria and in Iraq, in particular, those Christians can’t come into this country.

You say what you want but this is really something. That’s a lack of respect for us. If you’re a Muslim, you can come into the country very easy. If you’re from Europe and you’re a Muslim, you can come in. But if you are from Europe and you’re a Christian you can’t come in, meaning it’s almost impossible.

So you tell me about religious liberty and freedom. The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians. Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time.

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