Thursday, 18 February 2016

Donald Trump replies Pope Francis 'not Christian' comment

Donald Trump responded on Thursday to Pope Francis suggesting the Republican presidential candidate is “not Christian,” based on his stance on immigration. Trump called the religious leader’s remark “disgraceful,” and insisted that the Pope will be sorry if he isn’t elected “when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS.”

Earlier on Thursday, the Pope told a group of reporters, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.” He added, “I’d just say that this man is not Christian, if he said it this way.”

Trump later released a statement on his official website condemning the Pope’s comments. The presidential candidate said, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian, and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened.” The real estate mogul further expressed, “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.”

Trump also claimed that the Mexican government is using the Pope as a “pawn,” and that its officials have “made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope, because they want to continue to rip off the United States, both on trade and at the border.” The Republican candidate went on to say, “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS… I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.”

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