Rev. Graham to Pope Francis: ‘Reach Out And Build a Bridge to Donald Trump’

By Michael W. Chapman | February 19, 2016 | 10:26am EST

Rev. Franklin Graham.  (BGEA)

Commenting on Pope Francis’s criticism of Donald Trump for wanting to build a wall to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and for suggesting that Trump “is not Christian” because of that policy, Rev. Franklin Graham said millions of Americans want the wall to protect our country and he advised the Pope “to reach out and build a bridge to Donald Trump.”

“The Pope has suggested that Donald J. Trump is not Christian because he wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico,” said Rev. Graham in a Feb. 18 post on Facebook.

The Pope “said, ‘A person who thinks only about building walls wherever they may be and not building bridges is not Christian,’” noted Rev. Graham, who added, “I agree that as Christians we should try to build bridges with everyone that we possibly can, but that doesn’t mean we should compromise our national security.”

“Donald Trump isn’t the only one who wants to build a wall,” said Rev. Graham. “Other Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Dr. Ben Carson as well as millions of Americans, also want to build a wall – in order to protect America from enemies who want to use the U.S./Mexican border as a way to enter our country and do us harm.”

“Are they not Christian either?” asked Rev. Graham.

He continued, “My advice to the Pontiff – reach out and build a bridge to Donald Trump. Who knows where he may be this time next year!”

Franklin Graham, 63, is the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham. Franklin Graham oversees the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian relief group Samaritan’s Purse.  He regularly preaches in the United States and overseas. 

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