Pope to first lady: what are you feeding Trump?

There were smiles all around.

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".

"Thank you. I won't forget what you said", Trump told Pope Francis, before leaving the Pope's private study after a half-hour private meeting.

Trump has threatened to pull out of the Paris climate accord and cancel payments to the United Nation's climate change programs, while the pope wrote a 181-page encyclical on protecting the earth, "Laudato Si" (Praise Be).

Francis had criticized then-candidate Trump in February 2016, after Trump unveiled a key goal of his presidential campaign: walling off the USA border with Mexico. The Pope said.... niente. Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for relations with states.

The pair held a private audience for about 30 minutes.

With a joke about US President Donald Trump's physique when greeting his wife Melania at an audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis made potica, a cake from the first lady's native Slovenia, into a global hit.

In other words, there is a chasm between them on this issue.

It had the potential of a being a very awkward meeting between two world leaders whose views couldn't be more different on several issues. Only President Trump, Pope Francis and the pope's translator, Msgr. "Through dialogue we build peace, taking care of everyone". It's an opportunity to hear from people. "So it'll be something that will probably be decided after we get home". They spoke of together being "engaged in service to the people in the fields of healthcare, education, and assistance to immigrants".

The Pope speaks English, but he chose to speak to Trump in Spanish.

The pope promised to seek common ground with Trump before the visit.

While the Vatican could not confirm the remark, it did say that Francis loves potica and always mentions it when he meets a Slovenian.

As part of his first foreign trip as US President, Donald Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Trump, seeming subdued, said "it is a great honor". 'We had a fantastic meeting'. She spent time in front of a statue of the Madonna at the Vatican's children's hospital and laid flowers at its feet. Mrs. Trump is Catholic.

After Trump and Francis sat for photos, the pope revealed his initial impression of Trump when he met Melania. The White House also pointed to a shared commitment to promote religious freedom around the world and to end religious persecution.

The 2016 USA presidential campaign saw the two men broadcast dueling messages to the world. "The president also renewed the commitment of the United States to fighting global starvation". L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, noted that it contained cuts in subsidies "for the poorest segments of the population" and "a drastic - 10 percent - increase for military spending".

Their warm exchange comes after their very public feud when the pope chastised Trump's proposed plans for building a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

Crux's Inés San Martin called it the "Odd Couple encounter", but by most reports, Donald Trump and Pope Francis focused on commonalities rather than conflicts between the two.

  • Leroy Wright