In early March 2018, evangelical leaders from around the world descended on Charlotte, North Carolina, for the funeral of the renowned preacher, Reverend Billy Graham.  President Donald J. Trump joined the mourners.  While there, Trump had a face-to-face conversation with Graham’s grandson, Edward.  Graham the younger was an Army Ranger and had served for sixteen years in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Bitter about America’s endless wars, he fumed about the futility of propping up weak regimes overseas with lukewarm support at home.  Trump, following a long tradition of skepticism about foreign entanglements and always in search of evidence for his convictions, found a confirming mouthpiece.

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