In a video clip just released by the Christian Broadcasting Network, Donald Trump responded to a question about God by calling the Almighty “the ultimate” — along with praise of his own business deals.
“Who is God to you? What are some of your thoughts on this?” asked host David Brody, who spent time with the presidential candidate on his Southern California golf course. “Clearly, you’re a smart man, you’re a smart businessman, you’ve contemplated this before, or have you contemplated this?”
“Well I say God is the ultimate,” Trump replied. “You know, you look at this? Here we are on the Pacific Ocean. How did I ever own this? I bought it 15 years ago. I made one of the great deals they say ever. I have no more mortgage on it as I will certify and represent to you. And I was able to buy this and make a great deal.”
“That’s what I want to do for the country. Make great deals,” he continued. “We have to, we have to bring it back, but God is the ultimate. I mean God created this, and here’s the Pacific Ocean right behind us.”
“So nobody, no thing, no there’s nothing like God.”
Trump is coming off a feud with Ben Carson earlier this month about faith.
Ben Carson was asked at a rally how he differed from Trump. “Probably the biggest thing — I’ve realized where my success has come from and I don’t in anyway deny my faith in God,” Carson said. “My humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life and that’s a very big part of who I am. I don’t get that impression with him. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t get that.”
Trump told CNN the next morning that the neurosurgeon was “perhaps an OK doctor,” adding “you look at his faith and I think you’re not going to find so much.”
“All of a sudden he becomes this great religious figure. I don’t think he’s a great religious figure. I saw him yesterday quoting something and he was quoting on humility and it looked like he had just memorized it about two minutes before he made the quote. So, you know, don’t tell me about Ben Carson,” Trump said. “…I have known Ben Carson, of him, for a long time. I never heard faith was a big thing until just recently when he started running.”
Carson said “it wasn’t meant as an attack.”
“I was primarily talking about me and what motivates me,” Carson said. “And there were those who took it and revved it into some kind of a big deal. And obviously it was interpreted that way after Mr. Trump heard it. But that simply wasn’t my intention.”