‘Let’s Build a Crystal Cathedral for God’: Trump Once Told His Personal Pastor

By Published on November 3, 2019

President Donald Trump said in 2006 that he wanted to build “a crystal cathedral for God,” his personal pastor told the Washington Examiner’s Washington Secrets.

The president wanted to build a crystal cathedral and summoned an architect for the project, longtime personal pastor and new White House staffer Paula White-Cain told Secrets.

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White-Cain, who published an autobiography on Oct. 15 titled Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials and is married to the band Journey’s Jonathan Cain, said that Trump wanted her to head the project but the timing was not right for her as her ministry was on nine TV networks and she was experiencing what would be her second divorce in 2007.

The author said she has never before told anyone about what she called Trump’s “dream” to build a glass cathedral for God.

“He said, ‘Let’s build a crystal cathedral for God,’” she told Secrets.

“He wanted to build a house of God,” she added. “He said, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s build this before we’re too old.’”

Trump has not brought up his dream for a crystal cathedral recently, White-Cain said, though she is often present at the White House. Last week, it was announced she was joining the White House’s Office of Public Liaison.

“Who knows what God will do,” she said. “Who knows, maybe we will end up building a cathedral.”

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White-Cain discussed her 18-year relationship with Trump, explaining to Secrets that though Trump is a Christian, he does not flaunt Bible quotes like former President Bill Clinton.

“He doesn’t know ‘Christian-ese,’” White-Cain said. “Most people don’t.”

The pastor found out in 2014 that Trump was planning to run for president in the 2016 election.

“I’m going to go for this,” Trump told her, White-Cain said. “Now, I know our prayers need to intensify.”

“God used Donald Trump in my life as much as I was used in his life,” White-Cain wrote in her book, Secrets reported Friday.

“When it comes to my assignment to the president of the United States, I have come to understand that vindication is in the womb of time. I will stay faithful to what God has called me to do all the days of my life, and I don’t try to figure it out,” she added.


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