Pope Francis appears to be sending President Trump subliminal messages on Twitter

By Tierney McAfee
February 22, 2017 02:04 PM
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Pope Francis appears to be sending President Trump subliminal messages on Twitter.

Ever since Trump signed his now-on-hold executive order last month banning refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., the pontiff has been quietly subtweeting the president with reminders that all people — regardless of their “nationality, social extraction or religion” — should be treated with love and acceptance.

“The throwaway culture is not of Jesus,” the pope tweeted last week. “The other is my brother, beyond every barrier of nationality, social extraction or religion.”

A few days later, he sent out another tweet about welcoming immigrants.

“How often in the Bible the Lord asks us to welcome migrants and foreigners, reminding us that we too are foreigners!” he said.

His most recent tweet on Wednesday hinted that as president, Trump has a duty to build bridges instead of walls.

Though he didn’t mention Trump by name in any of the tweets, the pontiff has taken aim at Trump’s proposals more directly in the past.

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A little over a year ago today, while Trump was the GOP frontrunner for president, journalists asked Francis for his opinion on Trump’s idea to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico to crack down on undocumented immigration.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel,” the pope said, according to CNN.

Trump fired back at the time with a statement saying: “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith … If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president.”

He later softened his tone, saying, “I don’t like fighting with the Pope. I like his personality; I like what he represents.”

No word on whether he likes the pontiff’s recent tweets.