President Trump met with Pope Francis today. Looked a little awkward, and for good reason.
As you may remember, Trump got under Fancis’s skin last year when he suggested the Mexicans were using him, during a visit he was making to the country, to advance their opposition to a wall along the Mexican border.
The pope responded by saying Trump was not a Christian.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and does not focus on building bridges, is not a Christian,” Francis said.
Trump quite properly responded that the Vatican should know who its friend are:
If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians . . .
For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am 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. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. [Mexican leaders] are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.
Here is some video of Trump’s motorcade making its way through Rome. I can tell you, I’ve witnessed and been in plenty of motorcades covering presidents, and I’ve never seen anything like this in terms of its length and the small army of security that appears to be within it.