Former New York Yankee and Hall of Famer Marino Rivera defended his support of President Trump in an interview on Fox News.

USA TODAY:

Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera on Wednesday defended his support for President Donald Trump, after an editorial on Sunday accused the former New York Yankees great of having “served at the pleasure of a racist president.” 

Appearing on Fox News, Rivera emphasized his Christian faith and his solidarity with President Trump on issues such as the state of Israel.

“He was a friend of mine before he became president,” Rivera said on “Fox & Friends.” “So, because he’s president I will turn my back on him? No. I respect him.

“I respect what he does and I believe he’s doing the best for the United States of America.”

He then talked about his support of Israel.

When questioned by the program’s hosts, Rivera responded: “When it comes to Israel, as a Christian, if my Savior Jesus Christ, he’s a Jew, so how am I going to turn my back and say, ‘Oh, I won’t support Israel.’ 

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