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‘God does not belong to a political party’: US presidential candidate slams Trump for misusing Christianity

by Press Association

A US presidential candidate criticised US President Donald Trump for inappropriately using Christianity for votes.

Pete Buttgieg, who’s a Christian and a military veteran, said on Tuesday: “I'm ready to take on Donald Trump because when he gets to the tough talk and the chest thumping, he'll have to stand next to an American war veteran and explain how he pretended bone spurs made him ineligible to serve.

"And if a guy like Donald Trump keeps trying to use religion to somehow recruit Christianity into the GOP, I will be standing there not afraid to talk about a different way to answer the call of faith and insist that God does not belong to a political party."

Mr Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was one of six candidates speaking during the Democratic debate.

Several candidates also condemned Mr Trump's recent move to kill Iran's top general as well as his decision to keep US troops in the region.

"We have to get combat troops out," declared Elizabeth Warren, who also called for reducing the military budget.

Others, including Mr Buttigieg, Joe Biden and Senator Amy Klobuchar, said they favoured maintaining a small military presence in the Middle East.

"I bring a different perspective," said Mr Buttigieg. "We can continue to remain engaged without having an endless commitment to ground troops."

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