During his tour of Mexico, Pope Francis responded to a question from the media about Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” the Pontiff said. “This is not in the gospel.”
Despite weighing in on this issue in the 2016 Presidential race, the Pope would not say who he thought should be the next leader of the United States.
“I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt,” he said.
Trump fired back against the Pope very quickly.
“No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” Trump said. “”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,” he continued.
Trump’s claim that a man’s religion or faith should not be questioned, comes just a week after he did the exact same thing to Ted Cruz.
How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2016
Trump then warned his audience that the Pope had political bias against him and that he was a pawn of the Mexican government.
“The pope is a very political person. I think he doesn’t understand the problems our country has. I don’t think he understands the danger of the open border that we have with Mexico,” he said.
Pope Francis, simply responded to this warning from Trump about being political with maximum grace.
“Thank God he said I was a politician because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus.’ So at least I am a human person,” Pope Francis said. “As to whether I am a pawn, well, maybe, I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people.”