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Pastor Robert Jeffress says porn star allegations are 'totally irrelevant' when supporting president

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Pastor Robert Jeffress defended Trump against a porn star's claims that she romped with the president, calling the allegations "totally irrelevant" to those of faith who support Trump.

What's the history?

A Trump attorney reportedly paid porn star Stormy Daniels — real name Stephanie Clifford — a sum of $130,000 prior to the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about an affair that she reportedly had with Trump in 2006.

The sum was reportedly part of a non-disclosure agreement.

Michael Cohen, a lawyer for Trump, admitted in February that he paid Clifford $130,000, but didn't say much more at the time.

Cohen released a statement to the New York Times that read, "Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly. The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone."

As a result of Cohen's admission, Clifford may be able to speak freely about the alleged affair, since the purported non-disclosure agreement may have been breached by Cohen's remarks.

Clifford announced on Tuesday that she filed a civil suit against Trump in attempt to void the non-disclosure agreement.

Trump representatives have vehemently denied the affair, and Clifford herself has made the same denials in a written statement.

NBC News reported on Wednesday that Cohen has tried to silence Clifford with temporary restraining orders.

So what did Jeffress say?

Jeffress, a member of President Donald Trump's evangelical advisory board, appeared on Fox News Thursday where he called Trump a "great president" amid the porn star's accusations that she was paid hush money to keep quiet about their affair.

"Evangelicals know they’re not compromising their beliefs in order to support this great president," Jeffress, who also oversees the First Baptist Church in Dallas, explained. "And let’s be clear, evangelicals still believe in the commandment 'Thou shalt not have sex with a porn star.'"

He added that whether Trump violated the aforementioned commandment is a moot point.

"Whether this president violated that commandment or not is totally irrelevant to our support of him," Jeffress said, and explained that Christian evangelicals were well aware that they were not voting for an "altar boy" during the 2016 presidential election, but instead, supported Trump because of his "policies and strong leadership."

"We are all sinners, we all need forgiveness, [and] that forgiveness is available through Christ for anyone who asks," he explained. "And whether the president needs that forgiveness for this particular allegation, whether he’s asked for it, is between him, his family and his God."

About his personal relationship with the president, Jeffress said, "I'm his friend. I will never walk away."

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