Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attended the First Presbyterian Church in Muscatine, Iowa, on Jan. 24 where he heard a message about welcoming immigrants.
Trump listened as the Rev. Dr. Pamela Saturnia told the congregation, “Jesus is teaching us today that he has come for those who are outside of the church,” reports The Associated Press.
Saturnia called for acceptance of “those who are the most unloved, the most discriminated against, the most forgotten in our community and in our world."
In reference to those people, Saturnia mentioned “the Syrian refugees” and “the Mexican migrants."
Trump has repeatedly called for a temporary immigration ban on all Muslims, including those fleeing ISIS in war-torn Syria. He has also promised to build a giant wall to stop illegal border crossings from Mexico.
“I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blow up into self-importance," Saturnia preached, notes The Washington Post. "For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are part of."
“Can you imagine eye telling hand, ‘Get lost, I don’t need you?’" Saturnia stated. "Or head telling foot, 'You’re fired, your job has been phased out?'"
“I heard that," Trump told a press conference later in the day. "I wonder if that was for me. They didn’t even know I was coming so I doubt it. But it was an appropriate phrase … Humility. Perhaps she had something in mind.”
“I can only tell you that I want to take care of all people, but with Syrians, we just can’t do it here," Trump added. "But I do want to build a safe zone [in Syria]. We should have done that a long time ago.”
Trump didn't say how he would build a "safe zone" in Syria, which is allies with nuclear-armed Russia.