Evangelical pastor Franklin Graham praised the legacy of former President Donald Trump on Friday, insisting that during his years in office, Trump “put America first.”

In response to a USA Today news story that Trump had dropped “nearly 300 spots in Forbes billionaire rankings,” Rev. Graham credits the decline to Trump’s service of the nation.

“President Trump did not take a salary when he was serving as president — he gave it all back,” Graham wrote on Facebook Friday. “So many politicians leave office with far more money than when they came in. This report says President Trump also dropped about $1 billion in wealth during those four years while he served.”

“Donald Trump became president not to make money or to put his hand in the till,” Graham wrote, “but to do his best to preserve the great things about this nation for future generations.”

“He put America first, not his own interests. I’ve never seen anyone work harder,” Graham added. “Thank you President Trump for your service to this nation.”

President Donald J. Trump works in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

Graham has criticized the leftist trend in American politics, most recently weighing in on the debate over voting laws in the state of Georgia.

“All the uproar about Georgia’s new voting laws, & look at this comparison to New York!” Graham wrote on April 6 in reference to a point-by-point comparison between Georgia’s voting laws and those of New York. “There have been so many false claims about the new Georgia voting law as they try to safeguard election integrity in their state.”

“Efforts to strengthen election integrity are being painted as voter suppression, & that is wrong,” Graham added. “I think voter ID is a practical idea that would bring integrity to elections across our country.”

“We show ID to fly & check into a hotel. What’s wrong with showing it to vote?” he concluded.

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