WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Rev. Billy Graham “changed our country” — paying tribute to the late evangelical preacher as he lies in honor at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump calls the rare tribute afforded Graham “very fitting,” saying Graham was a “legendary” American figure who deserved to be recognized in the place “where the memory of the American people is enshrined.”
Graham was known as the pastor to presidents, for his personal ties with nearly every American leader over more than a half-century. Trump recalls his father taking him as a child to see Graham preach at Yankee Stadium in 1957, saying his father was a “big fan” of Grahams.