Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDems find voice with disruption Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering US a moving target Clinton camp blasts Trump over Brexit response: 'He patted himself on the back' MORE said on Sunday that he doesn't think last week's spat with Pope Francis helped or hurt him in the South Carolina primary.
"I was in a state of shock because I've never seen the pope talk about something as unimportant as Donald Trump, okay? And I was like, 'The pope is talking about me? This can't be happening,' " he said.
The pope criticized the front-runner's plans to a build a border wall and publicly questioned Trump's faith, saying that building walls "is not Christian." Trump shot back, saying that it was "disgraceful" for a a religious leader to question a person's faith.
"I said, 'The pope is saying bad things about me the day before the election?' And then, I gathered myself and I realized that it had to do with illegal immigration, that he was opposed to, you know, my measures, which is basically creating a border," he said.
"And I came out very strongly that we want a border and the Mexican government probably convinced him that Donald Trump was saying not nice things about the border. And I think it worked out well. I don't think it was a positive, though, I think it was probably a neutral," he said.
The comments could have been a "tremendous negative," Trump, who won the Republican primary on Saturday in South Carolina, said.