Donald Trump Fires Back at "Disgraceful" Pope Francis Over Border Walls Criticism
"No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith," the Republican candidate said.
After being criticized by Pope Francis for his controversial stance on building a Mexico border wall, Donald Trump issued a fiery response to the Vatican on Thursday.
"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," Francis said, as quoted by the Associated Press. "This is not in the Gospel."
Trump, the GOP presidential frontrunner took little time to respond to the pope's remarks, even insulting Pope Francis.
"For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful," Trump said in a statement. "No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith."
Trump said the pope was misinformed by the Mexican government and its leadership who "made many disparaging remarks" about Trump to Pope Francis.
"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," Trump said.
The billionaire businessman also noted that the pope may be sorry if Trump is not elected president.
"If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS' 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 stated. "ISIS would have been eradicated, unlike what is happening now with our all-talk no-action politicians."
The mogul's combative remarks arrive as the candidate is leading the polls for the Republican primary in South Carolina, set for Feb. 20.