The Roman Catholic Church has ever had a keen interest in United States politics and policies, since the inception of the latter as a nation—not because of its deference for the country, but rather for its hatred and utter contempt for the principles upon which the nation was founded, the principles of separation of church and state, Protestantism and Republicanism, liberty of conscience and the constitution which specifies said principles. Boasting that it has not and will not change, the Roman Catholic Church still holds the very sentiments expressed in 1854 by Pope Pius IX: “‘The absurd and erroneous doctrines or ravings in defense of liberty of conscience are a most pestilential error--a pest, of all others, most to be dreaded in a state.' The same pope, in his Encyclical Letter of December 8, 1864, anathematized `those who assert the liberty of conscience and of religious worship,' also 'all such as maintain that the church may not employ force.'”
Roman Catholicism’s careful scrutiny of America’s political processes and maneuverings is for the purpose of the church finding an opening to penetrate and destroy liberty of conscience, have its decrees enforced and thus insert itself along with its principles as the supreme authority beginning there and spreading worldwide. The reason Popery has its eyes focused particularly upon the United States is because of America’s superpower status characterized by its leading position in international relations along with its unparalleled capacity to influence and project power on a global level largely attributable to its technological, cultural, military, diplomatic and economic strength. Like a leopard (a symbol of the papacy in Revelation 13:1-10), who intensely watches its prey, voraciously salivating and anxiously awaiting the opportune time, when it is sure of its victim, to pounce and inflict its death blow, so the Roman Catholic Church patiently waits, crouching and crawling closer and still closer ever ready to make its move. But unlike the prey that fight for their lives upon being attacked, the leaders of the United States will readily lie down and aid the predator in its work (study Revelation 13:11-18 and read the chapter “God’s Law Immutable” in The Great Controversy).
With this understanding, it is no surprise that Pope Francis has reached out to the newly- elected President, Donald Trump, on his inauguration day, hoping to open dialogue between the two and never missing an opportunity to express the issues that are his top ppriorities-- which are nothing more than the catalysts that will hoist him to prominence, through the aid of the United States and the ecumenical bodies of apostate Protestantism.
“Pope Francis sent a message today to President Trump as he was inaugurated at the Capitol. Here’s what the letter, which was addressed to ‘The Honorable Donald Trump, President of the United States of America,’ said: Upon your inauguration as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America, I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office. At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide. Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door. With these sentiments, I ask the Lord to grant you and your family, and all the beloved American people, his blessings of peace, concord and every material and spiritual prosperity.”
Let it ever be considered that the Roman Catholic Church “is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men. She is piling up her lofty and massive structures in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated. Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike. All that she desires is vantage ground, and this is already being given her. We shall soon see and shall feel what the purpose of the Roman element is. Whoever shall believe and obey the word of God will thereby incur reproach and persecution.”
“Marvelous in her shrewdness and cunning is the Roman Church. She can read what is to be. She bides her time, seeing that the Protestant churches are paying her homage in their acceptance of the false sabbath and that they are preparing to enforce it by the very means which she herself employed in bygone days. Those who reject the light of truth will yet seek the aid of this self-styled infallible power to exalt an institution that originated with her. How readily she will come to the help of Protestants in this work it is not difficult to conjecture. Who understands better than the papal leaders how to deal with those who are disobedient to the church? The Roman Catholic Church, with all its ramifications throughout the world, forms one vast organization under the control, and designed to serve the interests, of the papal see. Its millions of communicants, in every country on the globe, are instructed to hold themselves as bound in allegiance to the pope. Whatever their nationality or their government, they are to regard the authority of the church as above all other. Though they may take the oath pledging their loyalty to the state, yet back of this lies the vow of obedience to Rome, absolving them from every pledge inimical to her interests.”
 White, Ellen (1911), The Great Controversy, page 464
 White, Ellen (1911), The Great Controversy, page 581
 White, Ellen (1911), The Great Controversy, page 580