Friday, 19 February 2016

Donald Trump praises Pope Francis after US-Mexico wall row

Pope Francis and Donald Trump
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has heaped praise on Pope Francis, hours after the pontiff questioned his Christian faith.

The Pope had said Mr Trump's proposal to build a wall on the US border with Mexico was not Christian, provoking a strong response from the businessman.
But hours later, at a town hall event in South Carolina, the billionaire hotel developer was more conciliatory. When asked about his row with the Pope, he said he wouldn't describe it as a fight, although he later said he didn't like fighting with him.

"I have a lot of respect for the Pope. He has a lot of personality and I think he's doing a very good job, he has a lot of energy."

He said the pontiff was misinformed when he criticised the proposed wall, because he was not aware of the drugs coming in and the other security problems that made a strong border a necessity.
Republican voters in the US state will make their presidential choice in days.

Mr Trump leads the South Carolina polls and he took to a stage in Columbia on Thursday evening to answer questions on national television.


BBC

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