NEW YORK -- Bored with beating up his Republican presidential rivals, Donald Trump turned his ire on the Pope on Wednesday, warning the leader of the Catholic Church not to criticise capitalism.
In an interview with CNN, the property tycoon was asked about the Pontiff's outspoken views on capitalism, which he has blamed for creating social injustice and climate change.
Trump said he would like to meet Francis, who visits the US next month, but added he would not listen to a critique of the capitalist system. He did note, however, that he would remind the Pope that members of the Islamic State, known as Isil, want to invade the Vatican and kill him.
"I'd say, 'Isil wants to get you,'" said Trump. “You know that Isis wants to go in and take over the Vatican... I'm going to have to scare the Pope because it's the only thing."
Trump continued: "The Pope, I hope, can only be scared by God. But the truth is - you know, if you look at what's going on - they better hope that capitalism works, because it's the only thing we have right now. And it's a great thing when it works properly."
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