Trump: Pope Francis is a nice guy who is not opposed to capitalism

politics | Aug 20, 2015 | By Martin Barillas

In an interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN, presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke candidly about his views on immigration, the growing scandal involving rival Hillary Clinton, and the upcoming visit to the United States by Pope Francis. In advance of the papal visit, some critics have opined that the Pope is opposed to capitalism. Trump told the CNN that, while he is a Protestant, he believes that the Argentina-born pontiff is a “nice guy.” Cuomo posed a hypothetical scenario to Trump in which the Pope would say to the real estate mogul,  “’capitalism can be a real avenue to greed.’” In reality, Pope Francis is slated to visit Philadelphia and Washington DC. In the latter, he is scheduled to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress next month.
 
Trump responded, "I'd say, 'ISIS wants to get you'" to the scenario posed by Cuomo. He added, "You know that ISIS wants to go in and take over the Vatican? You have heard that. You know, that's a dream of theirs, to go into Italy." 
 
When Cuomo asked he was seeking to frighten the pontiff, Trump replied "I'm gonna have to scare the Pope because it's the only thing," Trump said. "The Pope, I hope, can only be scared by God. But the truth is -- you know, if you look at what's going on -- they better hope that capitalism works, because it's the only thing we have right now. And it's a great thing when it works properly."
 
Trump said that capitalism is not working in the U.S. because of over-regulation. “We aren’t competitive like we used to be,” said Trump. “We have to open up our country to great capitalism. However, he added, “I don’t believe that the Pope is opposed to capitalism, by the way. I’ve seen a lot to what he’s opposed to, and I don’t believe the Pope is opposed to capitalism.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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