Trump: Spat with pope had no impact on SC vote

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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.

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Trump said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that when he heard the pope was talking about him, he was surprised.

"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.

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