Pope Francis suggested that Donald Trump “is not Christian” because he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The pope made the comments Thursday on the papal airliner at the end of a six-day trip to Mexico.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said, according to the New York Times.
Moments later, during his rally in Kiawah Island, S.C., Trump responded by reading from the following statement released by his campaign.
“If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, 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,” Trump said. “ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.”
“The Mexican government and its leadership has 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, and they understand I am totally wise to them,” he said. “The Pope only heard one side of the story — he didn’t see the crime, the drug trafficking and the negative economic impact the current policies have on the United States. He doesn’t see how Mexican leadership is outsmarting President Obama and our leadership in every aspect of negotiation.”
“For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful,” Trump continued. “I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.”