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GOP candidate Trump raps Pope's 'very political' visit to Mexican border

February 12, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Pope Francis for his plan to visit the US-Mexico border, during a television interview on February 11.

Questioned about the Pope's trip, Trump-- who has been highly critical of illegal immigration-- said that the Pontiff "doesn't understand the problems our country has." He charged that the Pope's visit to the border was instigated by Mexican leaders "because Mexico wants to keep the border just the way it is."

Trump characterized Pope Francis as "a very political person."

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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Feb. 13, 2016 12:41 PM ET USA

    Let's hope that the Holy Father addresses the root problem of the illegal invasion of Mexican immigrants into the U.S. He needs to speak out on the rotten government in Mexico that keeps people in poverty instead of blaming the U.S. for not wanting to take in millions of Mexican immigrants.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Feb. 13, 2016 12:18 PM ET USA

    Haha, Pope Francis is taking the spotlight off Trump. Can't have the Shepherd visiting his sheep!

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 13, 2016 12:09 PM ET USA

    The Holy Father needs to speak more clearly about the respective responsibilities of Catholic laity and the state (Caesar) regarding immigration. There is very little teaching with clarity by the Church on the subjects if immigration and migrants.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Feb. 13, 2016 11:35 AM ET USA

    Perhaps Mr. Trump is correct and we need build a big wall, perhaps not. I'm sure that Pope Francis does not claim to have the answer either. But the fact that such a border exists in the first place points to a larger problem, which the Holy Father has every right to address.

  • Posted by: claire5327 - Feb. 12, 2016 6:46 PM ET USA

    I agree with Trump! The Pope’s Mission is as St. Ignatius said: “All are for the greater glory of God and for the salvation of souls!” Jesus taught us: “Render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and render to God what belongs to God.” Border problems and climate problems are all in the Sand Box of Caesar, the Pope has more than enough sand in his own box to play with, there is no need for him to spending his time to do other people’s job!Cityzens must obey the Law and keep their Country SAFE!