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Tony Campolo: I won't go to Donald Trump's prayer breakfasts

The renowned Christian author and pastor formerly hosted seminars at the event in Washington DC but pulled out, claiming it had become to "politicised".

He said: "It has become so much of a platform for a political ideology of the right-wing of the Republican party that...he's in his element because the people that show up are cheering him."


Campolo, who was once a spiritual advisor to former US President Bill Clinton, also criticised what he perceived to be a leader who encourages Americans to look inwards.

The 83-year-old continued: "His big thing is 'America first'. You cannot say that if you're a red letter Christian.

"'Seek thee the Kingdom of God', Jesus says, 'Don't worry about this, you're the citizen of a new society'".

Campolo spoke to Premier as he marked the UK launch of Red Letter Christian - a movement which places a strong emphasis on the words of Christ in scripture.

Describing how the Christian viewpoint supersedes nationalism, he continued: "It transcends the interests of your own nation.

"We need to have a worldview - rather than a nationalistic view - of reality."

Usually held on the first Thursday in February, the National Prayer Breakfast dates back to the 1950s.

Click here to listen to Premier's Craig Wakling speaking with Tony Campolo:

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