US presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Thursday said that questioning his faith was “disgraceful” after Pope Francis labelled Trump’s call to build a wall at the Mexico border unChristian.

Trump, who is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination, has promised to build the wall to deal with the illegal immigration issue and said he would make the Mexican government pay for its construction.

The pope made his comments en route home from a historic visit to Mexico. When asked by reporters about Trump’s plans, the head of the Catholic Church said: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”

Not having heard Trump’s border plans independently, Pope Francis said he’d “give him the benefit of the doubt.” But added: “I’d just say that this man is not Christian if he said it this way.”

Trump reacted to the comment forcefully, saying that Pope Francis should back his campaign for the White House.

“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”, the candidate said.

“No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith”, Trump added.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s senior Adviser Dan Scavino, published a photo on Twitter of the Vatican, commenting “Amazing comments from the Pope- considering Vatican City is 100% surrounded by massive walls.”

Source: FRANCE 24


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