Picture Of Praying Hands On Trump Goes Viral (Photo)

| by Alex Scarr

A photo depicting several hands on the back of U.S. President Donald Trump during a prayer circle at the Oval Office  quickly made the social media rounds.

The image began circulating after it was posted by two of the people helping to lead the prayer group, South African evangelical ministers Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne. Other ministers had led prayer groups in former U.S. President Barack Obama's Oval Office, but one specific minister said wasn't the same.

"We similarly prayed for President Obama but it's different with President Trump," said Johnnie Moore, a former vice president at the evangelical Liberty University, according to CNN. "When we are praying for President Trump, we are praying within the context of a real relationship, of true friendship."

The photo depicts several hands resting on Trump's back, but standing in view are Vice President Mike Pence and pastors from around the country. Michelle Bachmann, a former congresswoman from Minnesota, was also in attendance.

Rodney Howard-Browne posted the image to Facebook with a caption expressing gratitude to organizers of the event.

"Yesterday was very surreal for Adonica Howard-Browne & I," Rodney wrote. "Yesterday I was asked by Pastor Paula White-Cain to pray over our 45th President -- what a humbling moment standing in the Oval Office -- laying hands and praying for our President," he said. He also stated he expected another "great spiritual awakening."

Moore described the prayer circle as a "lighthearted meeting among friends" that finished in prayer, according to CNN. Moore also touched on Trump's mood since returning from his first trip to Europe as U.S. president June 9.

"He was also in good spirits," Moore said. "He was as strong and focused as I have ever seen him. It was as if he was entirely above the fray."

Trump was very popular with white evangelical voters during the 2016 presidential election, winning 81 percent of that particular demographic.

In recent days, the president has also faced a developing story regarding his son, Donald Trump Jr., and potential connections to a Russian agent. The president has defended his son, saying Trump Jr. is a "high-quality person."

The New York Times reported that Trump Jr. met with a woman in June 2016 who has verified Russian connections in the hopes that she had damning information about then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. posted transcripts of the emails referenced in the New York Times story on Twitter, shortly before The Times published the same transcript in their story.

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