Donald Trump warns Pope Francis that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) is out to get him. In a CNN interview Wednesday regarding Pope Francis’ comments against unbridled capitalism, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed how capitalism protects the pontiff from ISIS. Trump gave interviewer Chris Cuomo this flat statement about the Islamic group being after the pope.
“I’d say, ‘ISIS wants to get you.’ 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.”
According to Business Insider, Trump was expressing such concerns as the Dodd-Frank financial regulations making the U.S. less competitive when the matter of Pope Francis’ fear of capitalism’s corrupt nature came up. In light of the pope’s much-ballyhooed first-ever U.S. visit next month, it sounded like a relevant talking point.
Aside from his views on capitalism, the Argentine-born pope has also been vocal about the “genocide” of Christians in the Middle East. Trump tied the two matters together by offering this argument regarding capitalism and ISIS during the interview.
“But the truth is, 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.”
The interview highlights involving Trumpisms: Trump is protestant but has great respect for Pope Francis. Trump actually likes the pope though he’s becoming very political. Trump does not think the pope is opposed to capitalism. Trump warns Pope Francis ISIS wants to get him.
Meanwhile, Americans of all stripes are gearing up to meet Pope Francis when he visits the U.S. in September. According to Crux, it will be his first trip to the U.S., a six-day tour that will enable the pontiff to meet the movers and shakers in Washington as well as people in ghettos and prisons.
In the itinerary released by the Vatican on Tuesday, the papal delegation will arrive at the Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C., in the afternoon of September 22 following a three-day visit to Cuba. Pope Francis is expected to spend his time addressing Congress as well as the United Nations, and also checking on the homeless, immigrants, and prisoners. At least one of his speeches will be in his native tongue, Spanish.
During his 48 hours in Washington, D.C., he’ll see President Obama at the White House, address U.S. bishops at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew, canonize Junipero Serra at a Spanish mass at the Catholic University of America, speak to a joint session of Congress, and fraternize with homeless people at the headquarters of the Catholic Charities in Washington. He will also mingle with seminarians, according to Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
On September 24, he will fly to New York for an evening prayer at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The next day, he will speak to the United Nations, join in an interfaith prayer for 9/11 at the World Trade Center Museum, and meet immigrants at a Catholic school in East Harlem before an evening mass at Madison Square Garden.
On Saturday, September 26, he will visit the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, celebrate mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, give a sermon on religious liberty, and meet immigrants at Independence Hall. On Sunday, September 26, he will convene with bishops at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, visit a Philadelphia prison, and celebrate a public mass expected to bring more than one million people to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
His U.S. tour will end in the evening when he departs for Rome.
According to the Guardian, he described the unfettered pursuit of money in capitalism as “the dung of the devil” during a recent visit to Bolivia, and referred to the Middle East conflict as a third world war, waged piecemeal in which people are being killed for their faith in Jesus.
Throwing in his two-cents worth, Trump warns Pope Francis that ISIS is out to get him, and that capitalism will provide him with the protection he needs.
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