Wednesday, 24 May 2017

President Trump meets the Pope at Vatican

Donald Trump has met the Pope at the Vatican on the latest leg of his first foreign trip as US President.
The two leaders, who offer starkly contrasting world views, appeared to set aside differences to offer a united message of peace.

During the 30-minute meeting at the Apostolic Palace, the Pope presented the President with copies of his three main teaching documents, a traditional gift for visiting heads of state, and a medal embossed with an olive branch.

After the cameras left the US President had a private meeting with the Pope

Mr Trump received the medal, commenting: "We can use peace". He added he would be reading the Pope's teachings.

As the two men chatted, Mr Trump was heard telling the Pope that it was "a great honour" to meet him.

The Pope was then introduced to the Trump delegation, including Mr Trump's wife Melania, his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, a senior Presidential advisor.

In a light moment, the Pope used his translator to ask the First Lady "What do you give him to eat? Potica (a calorie-laden Slovenian cake)?". There was some confusion as at first many believed he had asked if she fed him pizza.

'I won't forget what you said,' Trupm told the Pontiff after the two emerged from their private meeting in the Pope's study

Fans of the president strained to see his motorcade pass on Wednesday along Viale della Conciliazione avenue, near St. Peter's Square in Vatican City

The delegation who met with the Pope on Wednesday included Melania and Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Chief of Oval office Operations Keith Schiller, State Department policy planning chief Brian Hooks, White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks and White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino

The Trumps and the Pope traded gifts after the Papal audience; Francis got a set of first-edition books by Martin Luther King Jr. and a sculpture of a lotus by artist Geoffrey Smith (left)

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