When asked about Donald Trump, The Pope said Thursday that someone who only talks about building walls is not a Christian.
Donald Trump responded to The Pope’s comments for the first time publicly at his rally this morning on Kiawah Island. “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.”
Trump made it clear that he did not like what The Pope said. “The Pope just made a statement, can you imagine? I just got a call, I’m walking up here, they said, ‘Mr. Trump, The Pope made a statement about you.’ I said, ‘The Pope? What did the pope say? I like the pope. Was it good or bad? Because if it’s good, I like The Pope. If it’s bad, I don’t like The Pope.'”
Trump read his response. “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’ve been President, because this would not have happened. ISIS would’ve been eradicated. I’m like, what is happening now, with our all talk no action politicians, that’s what’s happening now… I’m a very good Christian. Because the pope said something to the effect of, maybe Donald Trump isn’t Christian. He’s questioning my faith. I was very surprised to hear it, but I am a Christian. I’m very proud of it. For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I’m proud to be a Christian, and as President, I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened unlike what is happening now with our current President. OK? Believe me.”
Trump also addressed a number of other issues, everything from why the nuclear deal with Iran could lead to more nuclear weapons to how the US government pays too much for medication because of lobbyists.
He also told the crowd he is proud to be self-funding his campaign. He said he will stay in South Carolina until after the election Saturday, not leaving the state until Sunday morning.