Bush: ‘It Probably Was Inappropriate’ For Pope To ‘Intervene’ In Primary

February 19, 2016 8:44 a.m.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday morning said he did not think Pope Francis should have commented on Donald Trump’s plans to build a border wall or his faith.

“I thought it probably was inappropriate for the Pope to intervene at the — in the height of a contested primary in that way,” Bush said when asked about the Pope’s comments on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I don’t question Donald Trump’s Christianity, that’s between him and his creator. The fact is, he’s got the wrong policy. Building a wall and making Mexico pay for it is not a policy.”

Bush said Trump’s border plan is just “a sentiment that tries to appeal to people’s angst and frustration and anger.” He then pivoted back to the Pope.

“He is a spiritual leader, he’s an inspiration, he’s the head of my church, so I’m cautious about this, to be honest with you, but I don’t think he helped anybody by saying Donald Trump’s not a Christian,” Bush said.

The Pope on Thursday said that it “is not Christian” to build a border wall when asked about Trump. The real estate mogul quickly hit back, calling Pope Francis’ comments “disgraceful.”

Watch Bush’s interview on “Morning Joe.” He starts talking about the Pope’s comments at the 1:50 mark.

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