Trump arrives at Vatican to meet with Pope
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 18:07
Greenpeace's Italian and German offices teamed up to project a message in lights on the Vatican to criticize the president's recent actions ignoring climate change and his expected decision regarding US involvement in the landmark Paris climate agreement.
This will be a short meeting first thing on Wednesday morning before the pope holds his weekly public audience in St. Peter's Square.
The visit to the Vatican was the third stop of Trump's tour of sites representing three major religions.
The visit began with a handshake after each man arrived, Trump in a lengthy motorcade, Francis in a Ford Focus. But it could provide powerful imagery to Catholic voters back in the United States as well as the possibility for conflict between a president and a pope who have not often seen eye-to-eye.
The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign saw the two men broadcast dueling messages to the world. In February 2016 the pontiff remarked on then-candidate Trump's key proposal to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, saying it was un-Christian. The pope past year said a man who wants to build walls and not bridges is "not Christian".
When antimatter meets matter annihilation occurs, when the Antichrist Trump meets Pope Francis let's pray that the Pontiff survives the meeting, and that Trump will be so unnerved that he will go nuts and act insane, and be committed.
There was never an apology in either direction.
A statement released by the Vatican later said "satisfaction was expressed" at their "joint commitment in favor of life" and that there was hoped-for collaboration on health care and assistance to immigrants and protection of Christian communities in the Middle East. As is tradition, the pope and president then exchanged gifts.
"This is a gift for you". A piece of granite from the Martin Luther King. Jr. Francis also differs sharply with Trump on the need to combat climate change and economic inequality, but they are unlikely to air their differences publicly and Francis has said he wanted to find common ground in the meeting.
Perhaps the pope can persuade Trump to seek a real solution through comprehensive immigration reform rather than a "fairly ineffective" one centered around building a wall, Deck said.
In his first month as president, Trump tried to ban Syrian refugees from entering the US.
"I signed it personally for you", the Pope offered. The two have previously clashed regarding opinions toward migration and climate change.
Smiling for the staff, Francis had a light moment with the first lady, asking via translator, "What do you give him to eat, potizza?" referring to a favorite papal dessert from her native Slovenia.
"Potizza", she said with a smile.
Francis got along exceedingly well with Barack Obama, and they had lengthy meetings both in Rome and Washington, as the former president praised the pope as a beacon of social justice.
The first lady laughed and said "Yes". Trump was expected to be given a tour of the Vatican after his papal meeting.