Rubio and Bush weigh in on Pope’s comments about border wall

Pope Francis (L) is welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro at the International Airport Jose Marti in Havana, on February 12, 2016. Pope Francis landed in Cuba Friday to meet with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the first such encounter since the two branches of Christianity split a millennium ago. The 79-year-old pontiff, in his white robes, stepped off an Alitalia plane and shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro on the tarmac at Jose Marti airport, where he was then due to sit down with the Russian Patriarch Kirill.   AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE / AFP / YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis (L) is welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro at the International Airport Jose Marti in Havana, on February 12, 2016. Pope Francis landed in Cuba Friday to meet with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the first such encounter since the two branches of Christianity split a millennium ago. The 79-year-old pontiff, in his white robes, stepped off an Alitalia plane and shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro on the tarmac at Jose Marti airport, where he was then due to sit down with the Russian Patriarch Kirill. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE / AFP / YAMIL LAGE (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Rubio takes issue with Pope comments about border wall

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Marco Rubio says that Vatican City has a right to control its borders and so does the United States.

The comment came in response to Pope Francis’ suggestion Thursday that an American politician who wants to build a border wall is not a Christian. Rubio previously favored a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, but now says border security — including expanding the Mexican border wall — is the priority.

Rubio addressed the issue during a press conference in Anderson, South Carolina Thursday afternoon.

“Vatican City controls who comes in when they come in and how they come in as a city state, and as a result the united states has a right to do that as well,” he said.

Rubio, a Catholic, says he has “tremendous respect and admiration” for the Pope. He says, “There’s no nation on earth that’s more compassion on immigration than we are.”

Bush: Building a wall is not ‘unchristian

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jeb Bush says he doesn’t question Donald Trump’s Christianity nor anyone else’s, “because I honestly believe that’s a relationship you have with your creator.”

But he is objecting to any argument that securing the U.S. border with Mexico by a wall is “unchristian.”

Bush is telling reporters in Columbia, “I support walls and fencing where it’s appropriate,” along with other forms of border security measures such as drone aircraft monitoring.

As far as Francis’ weighing in on a political debate, Bush says what he said in June before the Pope weighed in on climate change.

Bush, who is Catholic, says “I think it’s OK to get my guidance as a Catholic from the Pope. But certainly not economic policy or environmental policy.”

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1 Comment

  • Andrew

    That may be the most intelligent thing to ever leave the mouth of anyone from the Bush family.

    I also wanted to post the following from a comment (not mine) made in another article on this subject because I think it is very relevant and it contains information which the media seems to be ignoring.

    “This is great news for all refugees! The Pope will be tearing down the walls of Vatican City and inviting everyone needing a safe place to live to go there for free food, clothing, shelter, etc. All they have to do is make it to Vatican City, and they will be welcomed in with no restrictions and open arms. Right? Wrong. You know how many Syrian refugees that Vatican City has taken in? Two families. That is it. Less than ten people. Hundreds of billions of dollars at his disposal, a vow of poverty, a direct command from his GOD to give away all excess wealth and to feed, clothe and shelter the poor, and he calls Donald Trump un-Christian for making the suggestion that we use non-violent physical means to enforce our laws (an excellent idea, btw), while the Pope himself is only willing to allow ten people into his exclusive kingdom. What is the world coming to when the Pope is more obnoxious than Donald Trump?”