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Pope Francis' criticism of Donald Trump's call to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border actually helps the Republican presidential candidate, Pastor Robert Jeffress said today.

On "Mornings With Maria," Jeffress took issue with the pope's statement that,  "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian."

"I believe, Maria, the pope is sincere. He's just sincerely wrong on this issue," Jeffress stated.

He explained what makes a person a Christian isn't their view on immigration or borders, but their faith in Jesus Christ.

"You have to hand it to the pope. He's been able to pull off what nobody else on Earth could do, and that is turn Trump into a martyr," Jeffress said, adding that this will actually help Trump's presidential campaign.

He explained that he doesn't have a problem with religious figures sharing their opinions or influencing politics, but he believes the pope overstepped in this instance.

"If [you're] not an American, calling a presidential candidate out by name and suggesting he's not a Christian - I think that's going too far."

Watch more from "Mornings With Maria" above.


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