Pope Francis said he would not form an opinion of Donald Trump until he first had a chance to see specific policies the new U.S. president implements. "I think that we must wait and see. I don't like to get ahead of myself or judge people prematurely," the pope told the Spanish newspaper El Pais as Trump was taking office on Friday.
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Speaking to the Spanish newspaper El Pais as Trump was taking office, the pope urged the president to be guided by ethical values, saying he must care for the poor and the outcast during his time in office.
"We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing in advance because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite unwise. It would be like prophets predicting calamities," the pontiff said.
Francis warned Europeans against populism, saying they should not repeat mistakes from the 1930s, when they turned to "saviors" to resolve the economic and political crisis only to have it end in war. "Crises provoke fear, alarm. In my opinion, the most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933... a people immersed in crisis that looked for its identity until this charismatic leader came and promised to give their identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened," the pope said.
With reporting by Reuters and AP.