Did Pope Francis Really Imply Donald Trump Is Not Christian? Unlikely.

CNN headline

I read this CNN headline, and it perplexed me. So, I looked up the actual interview between the Pope and reporters. Here is the quote, from Pope Francis on February 18th, 2016:

"A person who thinks only about building walls,
wherever they may be, and not building bridges,
is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.”  

President Trump Issues Executive Order To Improve Transparency in Healthcare

Executive Order #13876 - transparency in healthcare

Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

President Trump issued Executive Order #13876 today, establishing a roadmap toward transparency in the American healthcare system. See the EO, along with video of the news conference below.

Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First

Issued on: June 24, 2019

 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  My Administration seeks to enhance the ability of patients to choose the healthcare that is best for them.  To make fully informed decisions about their healthcare, patients must know the price and quality of a good or service in advance.  With the predominant role that third-party payers and Government programs play in the American healthcare system, however, patients often lack both access to useful price and quality information and the incentives to find low-cost, high-quality care.  Opaque pricing structures may benefit powerful special interest groups, such as large hospital systems and insurance companies, but they generally leave patients and taxpayers worse off than would a more transparent system.

Trump Takes South Carolina

Donald Trump leads GOP in South Carolina primary 2016

Trump Wins South Carolina Primary, Followed By Rubio & Cruz. Bush Bows Out.

Donald Trump took the winner's spot in South Carolina's GOP primary, after a rocky week on the campaign trail.  He continued to touch the nerves of voters in South Carolina, with blistering rhetoric about combating terrorism, ending illegal immigration, and a less than presidentialretort to Pope Francis. 

Vatican: Pope’s Words Not a Personal Attack on Trump

Pope Francis in Rome

By Cruxnow – ROME: Reacting to widespread media coverage of a perceived war of words on Thursday between Pope Francis and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a Vatican spokesman on Friday insisted the pope’s comments — that someone who would build a border wall is not Christian — were not a personal attack.

“The pope said what we all know when we follow his teaching and his positions: that we should not build walls, but bridges,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi said to Vatican Radio. “It is not a specific issue, limited to this case,” he said.

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