Controversial GOP front-runner Donald Trump may have met his political match in Pope Francis as the U.S presidential candidate has softened his tone after getting into a fierce ‘war of words’ with the Pope.
Pope Francis had on Thursday, February 18, hinted that the Republican front-runner “is not Christian” if he calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, NY Times reports.
The Pope, who was traveling back to Rome from Mexico, told pressmen who sought for his opinion on Trump’s proposals to halt illegal immigration.
He said: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel,”
Speaking on the “humanitarian crisis” on its southern border, the Pope did not tell American Catholics not to vote for Trump, however, he left little doubt where he stood on the polarizing issue of immigration reform.
In a swift reaction, Trump fired back, calling Francis’ comments “disgraceful,” CNN reports
“The pope said something to the effect that maybe Donald Trump isn’t Christian, okay? And he’s questioning my faith, I was very surprised to see it.”
“For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful,” 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,” Trump added.
The GOP candidate on Thursday evening, however softened his tone.
“I don’t like fighting with the pope actually — I don’t think it’s a fight, I think he said something much softer than originally reported by the media. I think that he heard one side of the story, which is probably by the Mexican government,” Trump told CNN.
“I like his personality; I like what he represents.”
He added that he thinks Francis’ remarks were “much nicer” than the media reported and that the Pope had been misled by Mexican officials.
Trump also said that the Pope has an “awfully big wall” around himself at the Vatican.
That wasn’t the only controversy Trump has faced in recent times as he had on Tuesday, February 14, said Barack Obama has done a “lousy job,” as the president of the United States.