Trump tells Pope Francis: 'I won't forget what you said'

A Vatican statement said the meeting was "cordial" and that the Vatican hoped there could be "serene collaboration" between the US government and the American Catholic Church, including "assistance to immigrants".

The meeting came a year after the pope suggested that Trump "is not Christian" because of his plan for a U.S-Mexico border wall. In turn, President Trump told Pope Francis how much of an honor it was to meet him, and that the pope's words would stick with Mr. Trump.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, had a private audience with Francis at the Vatican in 2014 that lasted 50 minutes.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump and the pope talked extensively about extreme terrorist threats and extremism, and the radicalization of young people.

Burr said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" if Flynn doesn't comply - including possibly holding him in contempt of Congress - but he added that was a long way off from where they are now.

The evening before Trump met the pope, the Vatican newspaper carried two articles on Trump policies.

After concluding the visit to Rome, Trump will leave for Brussels, where he will attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting before returning to Italy to participate in the G-7 summit on May 26th and 27th in the Sicilian town of Taormina.

Trump responded: "We can use peace".

The encounter between the pope and first lady created what's being described as a "lost in translation" scenario: public media in Slovenia (where Melania Trump is from) report that the pope was asking about potica - a traditional sweet nut roll pastry from Eastern Europe. "We had a fantastic meeting". Donald Trump, who became the first US president to visit the wall while in office, donned a yarmulke - a skullcap - which is customary; the site keeps stacks of them for visitors to wear.

"I think you'll enjoy them".

Pope Francis became a top trending item on Twitter during his meeting with the Trumps, garnering approximately 60,000 tweets in a short period.

No doubt, European leaders hope that the Pope's encyclical on global warming will convince Trump to stick with the Paris agreement.

While Trump flashed a wide grin, the Pope offered only a modest smile - his demeanor, business-like.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared to make his point with a gift.

Most Western VIP women who visit Saudi Arabia don't cover their heads, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and Merkel.

"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian", Francis said then.

The deepest cuts will hit foreign assistance programmes and contributions by the world's largest economy to worldwide organisations like the United Nations and its global peacekeeping budget.

"To my eyes, what Mrs. [Melania] Trump wore was flawless. That's good for world peace".

"The history of the world is not a Hollywood film", Father Spadaro wrote on his blog May 23.

But if there was any friction when they finally met, it occurred behind closed doors.

Contributing to this story were Junno Arocho Esteves and Carol Glatz at the Vatican.

  • Zachary Reyes