Why the Trumps covered their heads in one State, not the other

Mr Trump and the Pope have expressed opposing views in the past on issues such as immigration and climate change, and the two men exchanged sharp words during the presidential campaign a year ago.

First Lady Melania Trump and the president's daughter Ivanka were seen donning matching veils alongside son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Trump arrived Wednesday morning at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with the pontiff. Cillizza accompanied his post with another photo of Trump and Pope Francis; this time, the pope looks plenty happy as he smiles pleasantly at Trump.

During the election campaign, Mr Trump declared that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, of which the United States is a principle member, was "obsolete".

Even when the two were sitting at the pope's desk in the presence of photographers and reporters, the pope avoided the small talk that usually occurs before the media is ushered out.

The two men's worldviews collided head-on early previous year, 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.

In return, Pope Francis gave Trump three of his writings, which he typically gives to heads of state, including "Amoris Laetitia", "Evangelii Gaudium", and "Laudato Si'" - his 2015 encyclical calling for climate change action. "I won't forget what you said".

"We can use peace", Trump commented. The US President and his host also spoke in private for about thirty minutes.

It was reported that initially the meeting was formal and stiff, but the mood lightened after the pope met the first lady.

The Vatican said in a prepared statement that the two discussed the Middle East and "the protection of Christian communities", as well as "the joint commitment in favor of life, and freedom of worship and conscience", and the Catholic Church's aid work on behalf of immigrants.

Mrs Trump, who grew up in Slovenia, reportedly speaks as many as six languages acquired during her worldwide modelling career.

Following the meeting, Ivanka wrote on Instagram "It was an incredible honor to have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis today". The Pope has said Trump isn't a true Christian while Trump has said that ISIS will one day attack the Vatican. Many women show up to meet the pope without covering their heads.

The president gave the pope a case of books by Martin Luther King Jr., and the pope gave Donald Trump a medal by a Roman artist, inscribed with an olive branch.

  • Zachary Reyes