Trump Says 'I Don't Like Fighting With The Pope' As He Tries to Calm Feud

Donald Trump says his feud with the Pope wasn't a fight.

Is Donald Trump trying to defuse his public feud with Pope Francis?

Read: Trump Slams 'Disgraceful' Pope For Saying He is 'Not Christian'

"I don't like fighting with the Pope... Actually, I don't think it's a fight, I think he said something much softer than originally reported by the media. I think that he heard one side of the story, which is probably by the Mexican government," Trump said on CNN.

The uproar erupted as Pope Francis was flying out of Mexico. He said Trump was "not Christian" for his plan to build a wall to halt illegal immigration.

Trump quickly hit back in a response on social media.

Response to the Pope:

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2016

He also took a shot at the Pope's reaction to his wall comments.

"He's got an awfully big wall at the Vatican, I will tell you," Trump said at a town hall in South Carolina on Thursday night.

Read: They Crossed the Line! Pope Francis Gets Angry with Crowd in Mexico For Making Him Fall

Dan Scavino, a senior Trump adviser, also tweeted an aerial photo of the Vatican, writing:

Amazing comments from the Pope- considering Vatican City is 100% surrounded by massive walls.

— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) February 18, 2016

The latest NBC News / Wall Street Journal / Marist poll in South Carolina shows a tightening of the race. Trump's at 28 percent to Ted Cruz’s 23 percent.

The New York Daily News continued its anti-Tump campaign with the headline "anti-Christ!"

Today's front page... ANTICHRIST! @Pontifex says @realDonaldTrump is "not Christian"

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 19, 2016

Inside, the paper says: "God, he is evil!"

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