Vatican Responds to Trump’s Words on Pope’s Stop

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The Vatican has a message for Donald Trump: Pope Francis is not an instrument of Mexico's immigration policy and his concern about migrants is global, not just about the ones entering the United States.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi says, "The pope always talks about migration problems all around the world, of the duties we have to solve these problems in a humane manner, of hosting those who come from other countries in search of a life of dignity and peace."

Lombardi's comments Tuesday night came in response to Trump criticizing the pope's plan to visit the border wall that separates Ciudad Juarez from El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday to put a focus on the plight of migrants.

Trump said in an interview with Fox that he doesn't think the pope understands the danger to the U.S. of an open border with Mexico. In Trump's words: "I think Mexico got him to do it because they want to keep the border just the way it is. They're making a fortune, and we're losing."

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