Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump accused Pope Francis of being a pawn of the Mexican government and called his criticism “disgraceful.” After a visit to Mexico, the pontiff said that building only walls and not bridges was “not Christian.”Pope Francis and GOP presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump © Stringer

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel," the Pope told reporters on his way back to Rome from a five-day visit to Mexico.

The press aboard the papal plane eagerly reported the pontiff’s remarks, understood to be referring to Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexican border. Asked if he was urging American Catholics not to vote for Trump, however, the Pope said he would not get involved with the election.

“I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that,” the pontiff said.

Trump fired back at the pontiff, calling the questioning of his Christianity “disgraceful” and accusing the Mexican government of manipulating the Pope.

“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 in a statement.


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