On Fox Business Network Thursday, Donald Trump unloaded on Pope Francis over the issue of illegal immigration, saying the “very political” pope is allowing himself to be used by Mexico to promote their agenda and that he “doesn’t understand the problems our country has.”
Friday Pope Francis is making his way to Mexico for a multi-day visit, in which he will meet with an indigenous community in the Chiapas region, celebrate Mass at the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine, visit a hospital, and, on the final day of the trip Wednesday, journey to the crime-ridden border city Juárez.
In Juárez, the Pope plans to oversee a “cross-border” Mass held in a 220,000-person capacity field near the U.S. border, an event that FBN’s Stu Varney brought up in his interview with Trump Thursday. When Varney asked Trump for his thoughts on the Pope “stand[ing] at the border” with Mexican migrants, Trump, as usual, didn’t hold back, suggesting the Pope’s political agenda is allowing him to be used as a pawn by Mexico.
“I think that the Pope is a very political person,” replied Trump. “I think he doesn’t understand the problems our country has. I don’t think he understands the danger of the open border that we have with Mexico. And I think Mexico got him to do it because Mexico wants to keep the border just the way it is because they’re making a fortune and we’re losing.”
Breitbart notes that El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz said in a statement that at the “cross-border” Mass in Juarez, Pope Francis would “undoubtedly” highlight “the plight of so many migrants and refugees fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, in search of better lives for themselves and their children.”
In his interview with Varney, Trump also touched on a variety of issues, including Michael Bloomberg potentially entering the presidential race (which Trump welcomed), Vladimir Putin’s actions in Syria, and North Korea’s escalation of threats.
Here’s the video of the Varney-Trump interview via FBN (relative comments around the 1:40 mark):