On Thursday, Pope Francis made waves and angered many when he took what many saw as a shot against Donald Trump, and anyone who believes the United States should finally build the wall along the southern border that was written into law by Congress by 2006, but never funded.
The Pope’s remarks came after he was having a discussion with reporters during his trip home to the Vatican from Mexico. Pope Francis said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
While he did not specifically name Donald Trump, most assumed the reference was indeed to the bombastic billionaire and reality TV star who, as the GOP presidential candidate frontrunner, has made building a wall on our southern border the most specific part of his campaign.
Enter Reverend Franklin Graham.
On his Facebook page with nearly 3.4 million followers, Rev. Graham weighed in on the Pope’s statement. He suggested that Pope Francis reach out to build a bridge with Donald Trump, because who knows if he will actually be president this time next year, and was adamant that “building bridges” should not require our country to compromise our national security.
“I agree that as Christians we should try to build bridges with everyone that we possibly can, but that doesn’t mean we should compromise our national security.”
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Here is Reverend Graham’s full statement in which he also points out that Donald Trump is not alone in his desire to build a wall on our border. He is joined by other GOP presidential candidates and millions of Americans.
h/t CNS News