President Trump said in a Friday interview that he now identifies as a non-denominational Christian.
"Though I was confirmed at a Presbyterian church as a child, I now consider myself to be a non-denominational Christian," said Trump, responding to a question on whether he identified as an evangelical.
The president did not offer any reason for the change, but said that he and First Lady Melania Trump had visited "some amazing churches" throughout his term, met with "great faith leaders from around the world," and that they had "tuned into several virtual church services" during lockdowns during the pandemic.
These virtual services reportedly included the Palm Sunday service of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California led by Pastor Greg Laurie, a service from Free Chapel in Georgia led by Pastor Jentezen Franklin, and a service from First Baptist Dallas led by Pastor Robert Jeffress.
In June 2019, Trump also visited McLean Bible Church in Virginia, where Pastor David Platt prayed over the president and gave him a gospel presentation.
In August, after the president's brother Robert died, he requested that Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, senior pastor of New Season Church in Sacramento, minister to his family.
During the interview, Trump also praised Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham.
"These amazing people love the U.S.A. and have a genuine desire to work together for the betterment of all Americans," said Trump. "I appreciate their prayers and am encouraged by their great faith."
Trump attributed his quick recovery from COVID-19 to divine intervention, referring again to his healing as a "miracle."
"I said, ‘There were miracles coming down from heaven.' I meant it — Melania and I are very thankful to God for looking out for our family and returning us to good health," said the president.
The president labeled himself as a Protestant and Presbyterian in 2012, and has attended Marble Collegiate Church, a Reformed Church in America congregation founded by prosperity gospel teacher Norman Vincent Peale. Melania Trump has previously identified as Roman Catholic.
Trump also discussed his White House faith office, led by prosperity preacher Paula White.
"This initiative is working to remove barriers which have unfairly prevented faith-based organizations from working with or receiving funding from the federal government," Trump said.
The president promised to continue to make his defense of religious liberty in both domestic and foreign policy a priority if elected to a second term.
"As I said at the United Nations, America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts," said Trump. "And we will continue to do so for as long as I am president."