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How is Trump similar to the pope? They're both disrupters who rattle elites and staff

How is Trump similar to the pope? They're both disrupters who rattle elites and staff

Amid the rambunctious American presidential campaign, Pope Francis joined the fray, telling reporters on his papal plane that Donald Trump’s pledge to build a border wall was “not Christian.” Trump fired back, calling the pope’s remarks “disgraceful.”

Now Trump is president, and as he and Francis prepare to meet for the first time in Rome on Wednesday, the two seem as far apart as ever — on immigration, refugees, caring for the poor and climate change. But one thing unites them: a propensity for sending shock waves through the normally staid, tradition-bound institutions they lead.

“They are both populist outsiders. They are both gregarious. They are both loose cannons,”...

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