Donald Trump has softened his original response to remarks from Pope Francis, which questioned the politicianâ€™s Christianity, but has also pointed out that the Pope lives behind a wall of his own.
The feud started when the Pope, who had recently visited the U.S.-Mexico border, responded to a question about his view of Trumpâ€™s plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to stop illegal immigration.
â€śA person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,â€ť the Pope told reporters onboard the papal airliner. â€śThis is not in the gospel.â€ť
Trump responded by calling the Popeâ€™s decision to attack his faith â€śdisgraceful.â€ť
â€śNo leader, especially a religious leader, has the right to question another manâ€™s religion or faith,â€ť Trump said at a political event in South Carolina, according to The Guardian.
He also suggested that the Pope had been pressured by the Mexican government to make the comment.
â€śThe pope said negative things about me because the Mexican government convinced him Trump is not a good guy,â€ť Trump said, reported The Guardian. â€śThe Mexican government has made many disparaging remarks about me to the pope because they want to continuing ripping us off.â€ť
However, later that day, Trump took a less adversarial stance toward his disagreement with the Pope. In an interview with Anderson Cooper during a presidential town hall broadcast on Feb. 18, Trump said that he didnâ€™t think the Popeâ€™s remark was as critical as it had been made out to be.
â€śI think it was probably a little bit nicer statement than was reported by you folks in the media,â€ť Trump said, according to Daily Mail.
At the same time, he called out the Pope for living behind what Trump called a â€śwallâ€ť of his own.
â€śHe talked about [how] having a wall is not Christian â€¦ and he's got an awfully big wall at the Vatican, I will tell you,â€ť Trump said, reported Daily Mail.