Trump Says He Asks God for Forgiveness 'In My Own Way'

The billionaire presidential candidate reversed himself from a statement he'd made earlier this summer that troubled many Christian conservatives.

Donald Trump speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 15th Annual Family Banquet and Presidential Forum held at the Iowa State fairgrounds on Sept. 19, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Donald Trump says he's asked God for forgiveness after all.

In an interview segment released Monday by the Christian Broadcasting Network's The Brody File, the billionaire reversed himself from a statement he'd made earlier this summer that troubled many Christian conservatives.

“Do you believe that it's important to ask God for forgiveness?” David Brody asked Trump in an interview recorded in California on the eve of last week's candidate debate.

“Well, I do,” Trump said. “I think it’s great. I consider communion to be a very important thing. You know, when I go to church and I take communion I consider that asking for forgiveness in my own way. And I do think it’s a great thing and I think it’s an important thing and it makes you feel good.”

During a July event in Iowa, Trump had said he'd never asked God for forgiveness for his sins, a central tenet of Christian faith. He also talked about communion in a casual way.

A Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll of likely Republican participants in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses showed that more than a third were troubled by what Trump had said about not asking for forgiveness.

Trump was among eight Republican candidates who spoke Saturday evening in Iowa at the Faith & Freedom Coalition dinner, a gathering of social conservatives. He made no mention of asking for forgiveness during his 20-minute appearance there, but he cozied up to the crowd in other ways. 

“I brought my Bible,” he said. “I also brought my confirmation picture.”

Later in the speech, he won applause for wishing that Manhattan storefronts displayed the word “Christmas” as much as they did in years past. “I want Christmas to be used,” he said. “I want people to be able to celebrate Christmas.” 

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