President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are being criticized online for not reciting the Apostles’ Creed during the funeral of former President George H. W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday.
The Trumps appeared to abstain from joining the rest of the church – including former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, along with their wives – as they read the Creed from their programs.
And that drew notice.
“Striking that all the former Presidents and First Ladies recited the Apostles Creed, but Trump and Melania stood silently and did not. The creeds are at the heart of historic orthodox Christianity,” wrote journalist and author Jon Ward in tweet.
Twitter user Paul Edwards wrote: “Does it bother anyone else that President Trump is standing with his arms folded, silent, while the rest of the congregation recites the Apostles Creed? Can he not affirm the faith expressed in the Creed?”
Malia Miranda tweeted that she “can’t believe Evangelicals anointed a man who doesn’t recite the Apostles’ Creed.”
"This is shameful for a Christian who refuses to say the Apostles Creed," Twitter user Larry L Tillman wrote. "I told you he's playing like he is a Christian just to get Christians to support him. Shameful but he don't fool me, he won't get my support."
The Creed, which professes central Christian beliefs like Jesus' birth to the Virgin Mary and ascension to heaven, connects Christians of different traditions and practices, according to a definition by the Church of England.