The Dalai Lama said the U.S. was becoming more “selfish” and “nationalist” under the leadership of President Trump, according to The Washington Post.
“Your ancestors really considered the importance of liberty, freedom, democracy, these things,” the spiritual leader of Tibet told the Post.
“The present president, in the very beginning he mentioned ‘America first.’ That sounded in my ear not very nice,” he continued.
The religious leader went on to criticize the Trump administration’s environmental policies.
“The present president is not much paying attention to ecology. So on that, I feel some reservation,” he said, adding “But anyway, the American people elected him, so I must respect [that].”
The Hill added:
The Dalai Lama is not the first religious leader to criticize Trump’s policies and rhetoric.
Pope Francis has notably clashed with Trump over climate change and immigration.
The Catholic leader, who met with the president earlier this year, blasted Trump’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last month, saying the president should reconsider if he considers himself to be “pro-life.”
Trump has yet to meet with the Dalai Lama.