Pope Francis Comes Out With Surprising Statement on Trump

President Donald Trump may not be as “pro-life” as he has previously professed himself to be, Pope Francis said Monday, if he does indeed rescind a program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, thereby exposing them to possible deportation.

“The President of the United States presents himself as pro-life and if he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that family is the cradle of life and its unity must be protected,” the Pope said Monday, according to a CNN report, aboard his plane as he returned to the Vatican from a trip to Colombia.

In a statement released by his campaign, Trump responded to the Pope’s “not Christian” remark by saying that “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.”

More recently, the two men met face to face last May at the Vatican, exchanging gifts during a meeting that the president characterized as “fantastic.” As their time together ended, Trump promised the Pope “I won’t forget what you said.”