Melania and Ivanka wore veils to meet the Pope

Using the standard diplomatic verbiage, the statement referred to the discussion between Trump and Francis as "cordial". Mr Trump gave the Pope a boxed set of writings by the civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

"If you look at her style, it's still very much her and her style of dress but being sensitive to the place and host nation for sure", Stephanie Grisham said. Their spats include the Pope describing plans for a border wall with Mexico as not Christian, and Mr Trump evoking a possible Islamist attack on the Vatican that would make the Pontiff glad to have him as President.

A picture of their visit went viral shows Trump smiling whereas his wife and daughter along with the Pope Francis were standing morose and stiff.

United States President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis last Tuesday but what really caught the media's attention was the exchange between the Pope and the First Lady Melania Trump.

He also presented him with a small sculptured olive tree, telling Mr Trump through an interpreter: "It is my desire that you become an olive tree to construct peace".

The men shook hands and Trump could be heard saying it was "an honour" to be there. A lot of people interpreted it as the Pope making fun of the U.S. President's weight but a spokesman for the Vatican dismissed it as His Holiness' attempt at making a cultural connection but perhaps with a double meaning. The Vatican's secretary of state urged the president to uphold the USA commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, an worldwide pact to combat climate change.

Pope Francis also gave Mr Trump a signed copy of his 2017 peace message, whose title is "Non-violence - A Style Of Politics For Peace", and a copy of his 2015 encyclical on the need to protect the environment from the effects of climate change. He even made a light-hearted jest, asking Melania Trump "What do you feed him, putizza?"- a reference to a dessert from her native Slovenia.

Vatican City was the third stop on the president and his entourage's foreign trip. In Israel, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to strong ties with the longtime US ally and urged Israelis and the Palestinians to work harder toward peace.

Mr Trump also told the pope he was committing more than US$300 million (Dh1.1 billion) to help prevent or tackle starvation in Yemen and several countries in Africa.

  • Zachary Reyes