Conservative pastor Robert Jeffress has defended Donald Trump over allegations he had an affair with a porn star saying the biblical commandment against adultery is 'totally irrelevant' for evangelicals support of him.
'Evangelicals still believe in the commandment: Thou shalt not have sex with a porn star,' Jeffress, who is one Trump's closest evangelical advisers, told Fox News on Thursday.
'However, whether this president violated that commandment or not is totally irrelevant to our support of him.'
The pastor of the 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, went on to imply that when it comes to Trump's moral behaviour there was little the president could do to alienate his core base of support.
'Evangelicals knew they weren't voting for an altar boy when they voted for Donald Trump,' he said. 'We supported him because of his policies and his strong leadership.'
He added: 'I'm his friend. I will never walk away.'
It comes after porn star Stormy Daniels was reportedly paid $130,000 shortly before the 2016 election to stay silent about her affair with Trump just months earlier.
Now she is suing the president and claiming the agreement is not valid because he never signed it.
Representatives of Trump have denied the affair, as has Daniels via a written statement.
Jeffress has previously come to Trump's aide over previous controversies, saying God is not 'an open borders kind of guy' in response to criticisms of the president's immigration polcies and saying God had given Trump the authority to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.