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Hello, hello, Faith Nation.

I'm Juan Garcia, social media correspondent for CBN News.

Thank you for tuning in.

I'm here to make sure we have fun today.

So I want you to show love in the comments.

And tell us, should faith be more or less involved

in politics?

And have you heard about the upcoming bloodmoon?

And what do you think about the health care bill saga?

Hey, listen.

We have an amazing show planned for you today

with our guest, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

That's right.

Today, we bring the press briefing room to you.

And guess what.

The cameras are on.

So send in your questions, your thoughts,

and share this post so your friends can also

jump in on the conversation.

"Faith Nation" starts right now.

[THEME MUSIC]

Well, it is a new day in DC.

And, David, it's a new day for us here as well.

"Faith Nation," we're here.

It's not "Face the Nation."

"Faith Nation."

No disrespect to John Dickerson over at CBS,

this is "Faith Nation."

And we're not playing.

We're going to be interactive during the show.

Send us your comments.

We're moving through this pretty quickly,

and we've got big tier-A guests.

We do.

Every week, we're going to be bringing you exclusive access

to some of the biggest movers and shakers in the Beltway.

And, David, we have a pretty big guy up on top this week.

Oh, talk about a mover and a shaker.

Let's bring him in.

Sean Spicer from the White House,

Sean, you're going to consider yourself a mover and a shaker,

right?

Where are you?

It's way too hot to be moving or shaking

today in Washington DC.

But a big congratulations to you and Jenna.

It's great to see this show on now.

And it represents such a growing audience

that you guys have at CBN.

And I'm glad and honored to be part of the kick off.

DAVID BRODY: Well, I appreciate it, Sean.

We'll send you a pin later on.

I don't even know if that's in the budget, actually.

Hey, Sean, let me ask you about health care, obviously.

Everybody is saying it's over.

Even the repeal vote can't go through.

There is a meeting today with the Senate GOP caucus.

What's going to be on tap?

I don't mean on the menu, literally.

But Donald Trump, the president, did

say this thing's going to get even better at lunchtime.

That was a tweet this morning.

What's the sense there, Sean?

I think the president is committed

to doing what he can to get this over the finish line.

He understands how important health care

is to American families and individuals.

And so he's going to do everything

he can to make sure that he puts a bill in place that

gives the American people the access to health

care and the affordability that they were

promised over eight years ago.

We all know that Obamacare is a massive failure.

It's costing too much.

It's giving people a hard time getting to the doctors

that they want to see and they need to see.

And so the president is going to use every tool at his disposal

to do what he can to repair health care,

to fix the mistake that Democrats handed us.

So is health care still alive at this point?

What's the status?

Well, I think Obamacare as a health care system

is clearly dead.

It has failed.

And the president's going to do everything

he can to work with our party to make sure that we put in place

something that every Republican has promised the last seven

years.

So he's not going to give up.

He's going to keep fighting.

And this lunch hopefully represents an effort

to continue that momentum.

We've seen this before.

We had this in the House, and the president fought very hard

and got it over the finish line.

I think he's going to make sure that he

does everything he can to get everyone on the same page.

So this lunch is another effort to do just that.

And if we have to, then we'll move forward next week

in some way, shape, or form to continue the promise

that Republicans have made.

Sean, can I ask you a quick question, straight up,

because you're a straight-up guy, which is Lisa Murkowski,

Rob Portman, some of these folks, look,

they voted for repeal only in 2015?

And now they're saying they're not going to vote for that.

How disappointing is that to this White House?

Well, again, I think that those individuals,

they, as you noted, all voted in 2015 to repeal Obamacare.

They talked about how bad it was and the concerns that they

had for the reasons I laid out, that it wasn't giving people

the affordability nor the accessibility

that they were promised.

So we would hope that those same people, when

given a chance now, if they don't want

to vote for this comprehensive approach to repeal and replace,

would at least work with us on the repeal bill, something

that they all voted for in 2015 and then

give us two to three years to come up

with a comprehensive replace bill.

If that's where they want to go, we'll go there.

It's something that they always supported,

that they supported a couple of years ago.

So we can at least default to that.

But, obviously, the president still

is committed to trying to do both repeal and replace.

Sean, we all know tax reform is a heavy lift.

What is the lesson learned from health care?

And what's the strategy here?

Well, remember, Jenna, in the arcane way

that Washington DC and particularly the Senate

operate, health care was being done

so that it would achieve savings that while we would get

an affordable and accessible way to do health care,

it would also achieve savings that

could be used through this process that's

known as reconciliation in the Senate.

So, obviously, that had to go first.

But with tax reform, we really engaged

in a very comprehensive listening

tour of businesses, individuals, companies, associations.

We haven't had comprehensive tax reform since 1986.

And as you all know, the world has changed significantly

since then.

We need a tax code that is simpler, that gives people

the relief that they need and updates the code

to reflect that the technology and modernization that we've

experienced since then.

So we've done a lot of outreach to make sure

that we have support and an understanding of what

the American people, what American families,

individual, small businesses need to help grow the economy,

to help their families, to help people save and reinvest.

And I think that as we head into the summer months,

we're going to continue to have that conversation

with the American people.

And hopefully early in the fall when Congress returns,

I will be able to move forward with that legislation.

Sean, let me ask you about the press briefings.

Do you want to set the record straight a little bit?

Look.

You're must-see TV.

You were must-see TV for a while.

You're like the "Seinfeld" of television news or television

politics.

Give us the sense of how you decide

there what's going to be on camera and off camera?

What's the mechanism there, if you will?

Well, there's a lot of factors, David,

that go in every day.

And obviously one of the things that gets overblown,

as you know-- you're here quite often--

is that we brief every day.

And the question is, I think, for some individuals,

they want everything on camera every day, as you know.

Like today, the president is going

to have several events on camera.

He's going to have the pool involved.

And so on days when he's going to be doing big events

and making major policy initiatives,

it's obviously much more important

to have the president's voice carry the day.

So we'll engage with reporters throughout the day.

One of the things that people don't sometimes

appreciate because of the way that they get it is we're

here very early in the morning.

We stay very late at night.

We're engaging with the press all day

long, doing interviews like this,

communicating with the press.

And then we do do a briefing every single day.

I think for a lot of folks, they're

more interested in getting the clip, you know,

to put on the internet, to put on their news.

And we're not-- we're interested in making sure

that we communicate with the American people,

that we give the press an opportunity

to get their questions answered.

But we're not here to make it a spectacle, either.

We want to make sure that we do do things

that are informative and helpful,

to get the president's message out,

to answer the key questions.

So on days when he's talking in particular,

we're going to make sure that we let his voice carry the day.

And the mainstream media, they want

to talk about Russia all day long.

Sean, what is the story that a lot of people are missing?

Well, they're missing a lot of things, Jenna.

I mean, when you talk about health care and education,

tax reform, as you just mentioned a second ago,

those are things that are on the top of mine.

Immigration, gang violence, the opioid crisis,

there are so many things that are affecting communities

throughout this country, religious liberty,

that we're talking about here in the White

House on a consistent basis, that aren't breaking through

in the mainstream media.

Now I would say, the one thing that's really interesting

is that we did a big made in America

push the other day on Monday, where we talked

about businesses and the efforts and the regulatory reform

and the tax form that the president is pushing

to help American companies reinvest in this country,

to help jobs grow.

And we got great coverage throughout the 50 states.

We didn't necessarily get so much on the national news.

That's one of the challenges that we face--

breaking through and talking to local and regional reporters

and outlets, because I think that's

where we get our bang for our buck.

Last question, Sean, I know it's hot out there.

So let me ask you real quick, the Jerusalem embassy

situation, the vice president said the other day that, look.

It's not a question of if, it's only when.

This sounds like a pretty solid commitment

to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

What's the take?

SEAN SPICER: Well, again, I'm not

going to get ahead of the vice president.

That's something that's still being worked.

It's a commitment that the president made.

And the vice president obviously is

much closer to this issue in terms

of the president's thinking.

But we have been very close to working with--

at the staff level on this.

And when we have an announcement,

we'll make sure that we get it out there.

DAVID BRODY: Sounds good, we're done with questions.

I will say this.

We get a question all the time on Facebook to you

specifically.

It's a question from folks out there.

They want to know how they can pray for you.

So that's a question for them, not from us, but from them.

What's your answer to them?

Well, honestly, any time someone

says that they're praying, that's a very meaningful thing.

And obviously the way in which they communicate with God

is very personal.

Some people like to say a rosary or recite a prayer.

Some people just want to talk in their own personal way.

Obviously, prayer is something that I

think every individual has to decide how they

want to have that conversation.

And I appreciate any and all of it.

Sean, thank you so much for joining us.

Always great to see you.

You bet.

Thanks, Jenna.

And, again, congratulations on this show.

I know it's going to be a great hit.

And, Sean, the pin is in the mail.

Thank you.

JENNA BROWDER: It is hot out there.

Yeah, he was sweating.

But, you know, I would have been sweating, too.

Nice of him to join us.

Fantastic, and our first guest,

and it's got to be worth a pin, maybe even more than a pin.

Look, a couple of quick takeaways.

It was interesting.

He didn't want to go there in, terms

of throwing any GOP moderates under the bus like Lisa

Murkowski and Rob Portman.

Why?

Because there is a chance still that health care,

somehow, some way, can get--

here's the evangelical term of the day-- resurrected.

Thank you very much.

I worked on that.

There you go.

Thank you so much, resurrected at some point.

So I think there's still potential hope, maybe

a sliver of hope, but there's some hope.

Keep hope alive.

Yeah, keep hope alive.

We will see.

One last thing real quick, it was interesting on health care,

not just on health care, but on the briefings,

the actual briefings that Sean talked about.

And, you know, to me what's fascinating is

the media is all up in arms when he's not on camera.

Hey, look.

They're briefing.

Audio, the last time I checked, audio counts just as much

as video.

And words are words, no matter where they come from.

I get the beef that the media has.

Don't get me wrong.

But having said that, it feels a little disingenuous

that you can't get the information just because it's

audio, so anyway.

It is the same information.

That's right.

The same information being pout out there, all right,

well, we want to see what all of you are out there saying.

For that, let's send it over to the social desk with Juan.

Hey, Juan.

Hey, hey, hey, David and Jenna.

How are you guys doing?

Listen.

Social media is buzzing right now.

We've got a comment in from Dixie who says--

and we had a lot of comments like this--

"I would like to know why press briefings are not

televised or filmed in this administration when

all others have been."

Hey, Brody, I know Sean covered this a little bit.

What's your take or analysis on that?

Well, I mean, the bottom line is what Sean Spicer just

said, Juan, which is that they don't want

any of these clips going viral, in the sense

that there are a lot of reporters out there.

Let's be honest.

There are a lot of TV reporters that get up.

And they're mic'd and the camera is trained on them

because they've got the ABC, NBC, CBS camera in there.

And it's going to be that "NBC Nightly News" clip of the day.

And they're like, why should we play this game with you guys?

And so, you know, there is some credence to that,

because there is grandstanding going on.

I think there's a ying and yang on that, though, Juan.

OK, OK, OK.

DAVID BRODY: Did I just say ying and yang?

I did.

Yes, you did.

DAVID BRODY: When do you ever hear that?

I don't know if we're allowed to say that.

DAVID BRODY: I don't know, either.

Another trending topic, or hot topic, was health care.

Now we have Ruth here who says, "want

to know if there really is a good health care

plan out there.

When I say good, I mean for everyone, which

I think would be impossible.

Someone always gets shorthanded."

So, Brody, I want to know if you think

there's a way that we can make it so that health care doesn't

shorthand anyone.

Well, Juan, we were just talking about this, Jen and I.

And I was curious about your take on this side.

You know, I can tell you, good luck

with health care for everyone.

You know what?

I don't think you can ever make anybody completely happy.

It is such a complicated issue.

And the problem is you're always going

to be taking away or giving to certain groups of people.

So, of course, it's going to be unpopular with certain people.

And good luck trying to get 50 votes on the Republican side

to take an entitlement away from folks.

It doesn't work that way, especially here in Washington.

Juan, back to you.

Sounds good.

That sounds real good.

DAVID BRODY: I just wanted to do--

like, it sounded angry-ish.

Well, hey, listen, you guys.

Stay connected.

Keep engaging with us.

I'll be reading the comments all day long.

Continue to show us love, and back to you guys.

DAVID BRODY: Continue to show us love.

Yes, please.

Oh, yeah.

Yes, please.

Yeah, show us love in all sorts of ways.

Look.

Hey, Jenna.

Talk to us a little bit about CBN News.

You know, it's a new day in DC.

We're getting a lot of access.

A lot of people are going to be like, CBN News, like, dot what?

Well, dot com, but CBN, tell us more about CBN.

Who are we, and what are we all about?

For those of you who are just new to CBN News,

we wanted to tell you a little bit about ourselves.

So, yeah, take a look.

In an age when there's so much mistrust in the mainstream

media, a lot of Americans are looking to other news outlets

like CBN News.

And this administration is looking our way, too.

You may have seen this interview,

David Brody scored with President Trump back in January

during his first week in office.

Do you like Mr. president or Mr. Trump?

You can call me anything you want.

Literally, five days in--

it was roughly five or six days into his administration--

CBN News was in the White House, interviewing the President

of the United States.

JENNA BROWDER: Or my interview with Karen Pence,

her first as second lady.

CBN News gets a lot of these exclusive interviews

and has unique access to some of the biggest movers and shakers

around.

So who are we, and what are we all about?

NARRATOR: CBN, the Christian Broadcasting Network.

JENNA BROWDER: For that, we go back to 1961,

when CBN was founded by Pat Robertson, its flagship show,

"The 700 Club."

Today, its nationally syndicated on Freeform,

formerly known as ABC Family Channel.

Of course, part of the hour-long, faith-inspired

program includes news.

CBN News was established in 1982 and is

headquartered in Virginia Beach with bureaus

in Jerusalem and DC.

Senate GOP leaders hope to bring the measure

to the floor for a vote.

JENNA BROWDER: Here in DC, Abigail Robertson

keeps tabs on Capitol Hill.

He chose to reinstate the Mexico City policy.

JENNA BROWDER: Jennifer Wishon is our White House

correspondent.

She is at the news briefings day in and day out.

CBN has tremendous access to this White

House, which is incredible.

I'm going through scripts and our run

down for the new segment.

JENNA BROWDER: There's John Jessup,

who anchors the news segments for "The 700 Club"

and also reports.

Ben Kennedy does social and a number of other special reports

and is one of our newest editions,

along with national security correspondent Eric Rosales.

You can't forget Paul Strand, who covers the Supreme Court,

or Amber Strong, who holds down the fort on the weekends.

Juan Garcia is our social media expert extraordinaire.

And, of course, there's Brody, who

scores some of the most sought after interviews,

like this one with Trump.

I think it puts CBN News in a whole different category.

JENNA BROWDER: And it sends a message.

It's a new day in DC.

You know, we keep saying that.

It's a new day in DC.

But, David, I have to say, it really does feel like that.

It does.

And it's translated into what we just saw there.

That was a heck of an interview you did by, you know,

this guy, David Brody, in there.

So I appreciate you interviewing him.

Thank you.

Who is this guy?

He's great.

I don't know.

But I'll take more air time, for sure.

Like if you agree.

Hey, speaking of-- yeah, like if you agree.

Speaking of air time, let's go back to Juan Garcia,

not over at the social seat, but we want to get right to a piece

where he went to the streets of DC because, look,

he's a man of the people.

You know this, Juan Garcia.

And he talked about faith and politics.

How much should faith be involved in politics?

It is a Judeo-Christian nation, after all.

But some folks get a little spooked

when faith gets too heavily involved in politics.

Juan is on the street.

Since his time in office, President Donald Trump

has been seen praying with various religious leaders,

which got me thinking.

Should faith play a part in politics?

And how important is Christianity

to the history of this nation?

Um, I think faith is important in helping you make decisions.

But it shouldn't be your central point,

because people have different beliefs.

Do you think faith should play more

or less of a role in politics?

More.

Why is that?

It doesn't matter.

It needs to be more.

That's it.

We think it should play zero role when it comes to politics.

There is supposed to be a separation between religion

and government, and it's kind of important.

Does that make sense?

In my opinion, more.

Why is that?

Because that's what this country was founded on.

Definitely, less of a part.

Less, yeah.

Why is that?

Because not everybody practices the same faith.

The status quo seems to be working, right?

A little bit of both.

I believe that the country was based on Christianity

at the beginning and that this world

has been taking Christianity and religion out of it.

Up top.

Do you think this nation was rooted or built

on Christian principles?

I do, yeah, absolutely.

No.

No.

Now what we really need to do to build the nation

is really separate church and state.

Um, hmm.

Do you think that we can be, as a country, politically--

I want to say prosperous, without morality and religion?

I mean, I would like to say yes.

But just based on experience and, like, the past, no.

What if I told you that almost half

of the signers of the Declaration of Independence

held what today would be considered a seminary or Bible

school degree?

Would that surprise you?

Not really.

Not really, no.

What if I told you that out of the 27 grievances

in the Declaration of Independence,

they were all sermons preached from the pulpit prior

to that day?

Would you believe me as well?

Probably, I'd probably believe it.

I mean, I don't think you just made that up.

So maybe you did.

What if I told you that of the 27

grievances in the Declaration of Independence,

they were all sermons preached from the pulpit?

Would you believe that?

Yeah, they were pretty big on religion back then.

So do you guys think this nation was founded

on Christian principles?

Now I do, yeah.

Now I do.

You know what, Brody?

I love that you called me a man of the people.

That's my new title now.

But, hey, the comments are still flowing in.

This one is from John Mueller.

"Faith in Jesus Christ should be front and center,

just like the majority of our founding fathers."

Do you think that's something that maybe is not being

taught in schools today, Brody?

Absolutely, Juan, go back to 1963.

You know, before, pre-1963, there was prayer in schools,

right?

There was Bible reading in schools.

Donald Trump comes from that era.

You know, he was born in 1946.

He's an old-time guy when it comes to religion.

You know, you didn't go to church in baggy shorts.

And so, yeah, I think we've lost a lot of-- obviously,

we've lost-- this just in.

We've lost our Judeo-Christian principles in this country.

I don't think there is any question about it.

But, look.

A black robe regiment is needed in this country.

I don't think there's any question about it.

You just saw right there, Juan, when

you asked about the Revolutionary War

period and all of that and the pastor speaking

from the pulpit.

That's what's going on today.

But there needs to be a lot more of it.

And I think you're starting to see

a little bit of that building team cross the country.

We'll report about it on "Faith Nation."

Yeah, mm-hmm.

That's right.

That's right.

And also there's another comment that

says most millennials say no.

Is that a generational thing?

I think you kind of covered it.

But, like, I'm a millennial.

JENNA BROWDER: Yeah, you know, I think

it's a little bit of the PC culture that we live in.

I think maybe that's a practiced response, whether they actually

feel that way or not.

What do you think?

Yeah, no, I agree with you.

But I'm going to have to plead the Fifth because I'm not

a millennial.

Hello.

Sorry.

No, but it's a different culture out there today, for sure.

It is.

It is.

So, good, Juan, what else you got

over there, other than you're snazzily dressed, I might add?

You like the shirt and tie?

DAVID BRODY: Oh, that's good stuff right there.

Well, tell me on Facebook.

Continue connecting.

Tell us your thoughts.

Continue.

Ask your questions.

I'm still reading through all of these.

And, please, hit subscribe in the bottom-right corner.

Juan is, like, the hippest guy on Facebook Live.

Oh, he keeps it real, so fresh, so fly.

Oh, my goodness, I don't even think he's wearing socks.

The Juan and only, I don't think he's wearing socks,

either.

I don't think so.

No.

No, he's not, no.

All right, well, hey.

There's a lot of talk about fake news.

We hear that word a lot.

It's kind of a buzz word, fake news.

And so sometimes it can be hard to sort through fake and fact

and just to sort through all of it.

So we took a poll, just online.

This kind of had to do more with the president and the fact

that he works closely with a lot of his family members.

There's a lot of fake and fact when it comes to that,

it seems.

So our poll question, do family members

working at the White House hurt the president?

We put it out there.

You responded.

77% said no.

23% said yes.

David, what do you make of these results?

DAVID BRODY: Well, not necessarily surprising,

especially if it's a pro-Trump crowd out there.

And this is part of the issue in this country.

You know, we're so divided.

There's this parallel universe.

You put that to the Washington DC, New York,

Acela Corridor crowd, and you're going

to get a reverse of those numbers.

And so I think that that's part of the reason

for "Faith Nation," to let that voice be heard.

Look, there's a lot of Donald Trump's base out there

that says he's doing just fine.

What's the problem with having the kids--

the kids are competent, last time I checked, right?

They were only apprentice after-- no.

But they're competent.

And so what's the problem with that?

Though, I do think there needs to be obviously

some checks and balances in that.

And you can't have the look of inappropriateness.

So I think that's a big part of it.

It's all about optics.

Optics.

Another buzzword we hear a lot, well, Amber Strong, she

looked into this a little bit deeper.

Go ahead and watch this.

Hello, Facebook friends.

So I have a question for you.

Have you ever been scrolling through your Facebook timeline

or perhaps your Twitter feed, and you

saw an article or a headline that made you stop and say,

well, that can't be real?

And I'm not talking about something outlandish.

I'm not talking about 30,000 martians land

at a Taco Bell in Arizona.

No, I'm talking about a headline or an article that

just is a little bit slanted.

Well, we here at "Faith Nation" are here

to take the guess work out of the articles in a new segment

that we like to call Fake or Fact.

Recently, there have been bipartisan calls

for Jared Kushner--

that's President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser--

to step down.

There has been criticism all along,

but the renewed scrutiny comes after revelations

that Kushner was in the room during Donald Trump, Jr.'s,

meeting with a lawyer with Russian ties last summer.

Now Kushner has been a key part in forwarding the president's

agenda, particularly when it comes to negotiating

a Middle East peace agreement.

Nevertheless, critics say none of the Trump children

should be serving in his White House.

So fake or fact--

is it common for a president's family members

to be a part of his administration?

For answers, we went searching and found

presidential historian Tevi Troy.

He says history is full of examples.

Bobby Kennedy was campaign manager for John F. Kennedy,

and he got the role as attorney general.

There are some indications that John F. Kennedy was

a little uncomfortable with it and that his father, Joe

Kennedy, pressed him to have Bobby as his attorney general

and even made the argument that when things are really bad,

you're going to need to have someone you can trust.

AMBER STRONG: According to Troy, the practice

was criticized then, too.

Well, not only was there criticism.

But interestingly, later they passed anti-nepotism laws

so the president could not appoint a cabinet secretary who

was from his own family.

AMBER STRONG: Now about that 1967 law,

apparently Lyndon B. Johnson signed it over what some say

was his immense dislike for Bobby Kennedy.

Others say it was to limit nepotism

in lower levels of government.

However, there are loopholes.

One way to get around it is for a family member

to refuse a salary.

The other way is for a family member

to take an advisory role.

A 1993 lawsuit accused Hillary Clinton

of violating the rule when she was asked to lead a task

force on health care.

But a federal judge dismissed the idea of a first lady

being a government employee.

And that same ruling also said the 1967 law

doesn't apply to roles within the White House.

So there you have it.

When it comes to whether or not it's

uncommon for a family member to serve in an administration,

that would be fake.

So tell us what you think.

Do family members help or hurt a president, particularly

when it comes to this president?

Shoot us your comments right down below,

and we'll read them right here on the show.

For Amber C. Strong and "Faith Nation,"

I'm going to toss it back to you, David and Jenna.

David, will Drew Brody be hosting next week?

Stop that, Amber.

You know he could.

He is so talented.

This is David Brody's son.

Well, I appreciate that.

We'll send the check later on.

Amber, after that comment, we may

need to eliminate the C, Amber Strong.

Goodness gracious, hey, by the way,

speaking about fake or fact, or fact or fake, all of that,

I thought it was interesting that Donald Trump is now

calling CNN--

he did this a few weeks ago, actually a month or two ago--

fraud news network.

And there's a difference between fake and fraud.

You know, fraud implies deception.

And I think a lot of what the media coverage can be about

is deception.

In other words, the actual story itself may not be fake.

But the way you present it could be very deceptive

and therefore fraudulent.

And so I think there is a fine line between those two,

but just something to think about, at least I have,

over a good buffet.

Yeah, absolutely, of course, complete with a lot

of carbs and sodium, right?

That's right.

I'm a big fan of carbs.

Ditto.

Good.

All right, well, a lot of stories have a faith angle.

And that's what we want to bring to you here.

So Ben Kennedy, he's keeping tabs on faith stories.

Let's go to him now.

Hey, Ben.

Hey, guys.

As you mentioned during your conversation with Sean Spicer,

Vice President Mike Pence promised

that the US embassy in Israel will be moved from Tel Aviv

to Jerusalem.

You heard him say it.

It is not an if, but a when.

He made the announcement at the Christians United

for Israel summit in DC.

Now we've seen a lot of comments today

on Facebook about the VP's promise.

David, I want to backtrack to you for just a bit.

You were recently in Israel, traveling with the president

on his world religion tour.

Now both Trump and Pence have promised to move the embassy.

The big question-- when do you expect that to happen?

Well, Ben, I've got to tell you.

This is going to be something that's going

to go on for quite a long time.

And a lot of people thought it was a broken promise

that Donald Trump made or did not fulfill

when he went over to Jerusalem.

But the truth of the matter is he's got some time here.

And he's going to wait for Abbas and the Palestinians

to figure this thing out because if they

don't move on this peace process deal,

then Donald Trump, indeed, will play that card.

And it won't be a broken promise.

So that's my take.

All right, David and Jenna, we're

going to go right into solar eclipses.

One is heading our way in a very short time.

Here are some of the facts.

A solar eclipse hasn't passed over the country in almost

100 years, hard to believe.

One hasn't been visible from the continental US in the 37 years,

but that's about to change.

In just over a month, on August 21,

a solar eclipse is set to pass over the US.

Now this has a lot of Christians talking,

wondering what the Bible says about this rare event.

We want to know, what do you think?

Comment below.

Leave any questions you might have.

CBN News has an upcoming interview

with Pastor John Hagee.

Now he'll answer some of your questions.

So make sure to leave those comments,

and we'll have that interview soon for you, coming up

on "Faith Nation."

I'll send it right back to David and Jenna.

Boy, Ben, you're looking dapper.

So dapper.

I'm going to call him Jake Dapper, I have decided.

That's our "Faith Nation."

Like Jake Tapper on CNN.

Thank you very much.

Anyhow, thanks, Ben.

Appreciate that.

All right, let's go ahead and send it back

to the social seat with Juan.

Juan, what are people saying?

Every time we mention Israel, the numbers

go through the roof.

I've got Janet, who says, wherever I stand,

I stand with Israel.

Brody, unpack a little bit of the implications

and the significance of this administration

and the relationship with Israel.

Well, let's start with this.

This just in, Jared Kushner is Jewish.

And he's the president's son-in-law,

which I think gives him a bit of street

cred in this department, Juan.

I don't think there's any question about it.

And beyond that, look.

I mean, his APAC speech was well received.

And you just go down the list.

I mean, Netanyahu loves the guy, right?

So there hasn't been any misstep here.

But, of course, if you listen to the media,

they're going to want to always nitpick on certain things.

And, of course, there was that whole Holocaust statement

that didn't get handled well by Sean Spicer.

But the reality is that there's no doubt

that President Trump is a friend of the Jewish people.

And he knows, and he's getting advice from evangelicals, Juan,

that he has to stand with Israel because that's right.

We go back to Genesis.

We know that if you stand with Israel,

you will, indeed, be blessed.

That's right.

And we want you to continue to like, comment, and share

this stream.

Remember, I get paid by the like, just kidding.

But, yeah, we read all those comments, and back to you,

Brody.

All right, thank you, Juan.

Well, Brody, first show just about in the books.

I have to ask you for your Brody File take.

What do you think?

Oh, I've been looking forward to this.

This is the narcissistic portion of the show.

Thank you so much.

Hey, look, a couple of things.

We noticed that when we have a Sean Spicer

interview, "Inside Edition" called,

wanted some video of it.

"The New York Times" is calling.

Politico's "Playbook" wants to know.

And it got me thinking.

Hey, not only is this a new day in DC.

But it's really a chance to drive the conversation--

not in a conservative way, not in a liberal way,

in a biblical way--

and having more eyeballs tuned hear to CBNNews.com.

And so that's what we're doing here on "Faith Nation."

And who knows?

"Inside Edition" is paying attention, Jenna.

Something must be going right.

Yeah, this is just the beginning, I have a feeling.

All right, well, thank you so much,

everybody, for joining us.

And we'll be right back here again next Wednesday,

12:30 PM Eastern time.

We'll see you then.

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