Trump meets Pope, calls it an 'honour'

Speaking to reporters aboard the Air Force One after the trip to Vatican, Tillerson revealed that Trump's meeting with Pope Francis went longer than expected because they talked about terrorism and climate change.

Climate change was on the schedule for Trump's visit to the Vatican.

"He is something", Trump said of the pontiff.

Also in attendance were national security adviser H.R. McMaster, security chief Keith Schiller and two members of Trump's communications team, aide Hope Hicks and social media director Dan Scavino, the Hill reported.

"I think people are reading into it and misinterpreting it", said Jane Hampton Cook, a presidential and first lady historian.

Pope Francis has urged Donald Trump to use his power to be a peacemaker as he used some pointed gifts to speak for his concerns over the US President's actions so far in office. "Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades".

He gave the pope a custom-bound, first-edition set of Martin Luther King Jr.'s works, an engraved stone from the King Memorial in Washington and a bronze sculpture of a flowering lotus titled "Rising Above".

Pope Francis also gave Mr Trump a signed copy of his 2017 peace messag titled "Nonviolence - A Style of Politics for Peace", and a copy of his 2015 encyclical letter on the need to protect the environment from the effects of climate change.

A spokeswoman for Melania Trump said that she chose a flowing black dress for her arrival with the president Saturday at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh because it resembles an abaya.

"Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis", Trump tweeted out.

As he completed the visit with the pontiff, President Trump told him, "I won't forget what you said".

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Tillerson said Trump still has not made up his mind whether he'll withdraw the USA from the 2015 deal.

The two men's worldviews collided head-on early a year ago, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump's election campaign pledge to build an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees, Aljazeera reported.

"Things have become more relaxed over the last few years".

Later, as he met with the Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Trump said of the pope: "He is something".

"For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. We had a fantastic meeting".

  • Larry Hoffman