During a town hall meeting last night, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said he believes Pope Francis' words about him were probably nicer than first reported, and that he has great respect for the pope.
Earlier this week, Trump blasted the pope, calling him disgraceful for suggesting Trump was not Christian for wanting to build a wall at the border.
"I have a lot of respect for the Pope," Trump said in a town hall meeting last night. " I think he's got a lot of personality, he's very different. He's a very different kind of a guy. And I think he's doing a very good job. He has a lot of energy. But I would say that, I think he was very much misinterpreted. And I also think he was given false information."
Trump, a Presbyterian, last week criticized Pope Francis' plans to pray at the border. He said the move was ill-informed and showed Francis to be a political figure being exploited by the Mexican government.
"I don't think he understands the danger of the open border that we have with Mexico," Trump said in an interview at the time. "I think Mexico got him to do it because they want to keep the border just the way it is. They're making a fortune, and we're losing."
Donald Trump clarifies spat with Pope Francis