Pope urges Trump to be global peacemaker
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 3:36
Pope Francis was gifted a boxed set of five first edition books by Martin Luther King.
His Holiness opened proceedings with a little bit of second-hand body-shaming, when he asked Melania, "What do you feed him?" I think you'll enjoy them. Referring to a Slovenian cake.
Mr Trump, who BBC Europe editor Katya Adler said seemed star-struck, said of the Pope: "He is something, he's really good".
He continued things on by giving the President the holy silent treatment. No agenda was revealed, except that afterward, Trump could be heard saying, "Thank you".
Since Melania sported a veil in her meeting with the pope, accusations of double standards were raised for the Trumps.
Despite some initial confusion on whether the Pope was talking about pizza, the penny eventually dropped for Mrs Trump.
US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster were among Trump's delegation to the Vatican. He will fly to Brussels later in the day for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, and will wrap up his tour on Friday after the G7 summit on the Italian island of Sicily. "And we will win this fight", Trump said.
Francis also gave Trump a signed copy of this year's World Day of Peace message, which explores non-violence as a political strategy, and a medal made by a Roman artist with an olive tree on it representing war and peace.
After a highly anticipated meeting, Pope Francis appears to have left his mark on President Donald Trump.
It remains unclear whether the Twitter banners will keep changing as the president's inaugural four-nation trip continues, but Trump was certainly impressed by his visit to the Vatican. "We can use peace", the President said, concurring with the symbolism.The president and the pontiff exchanged gifts expressing goodwill.
First lady Melania Trump, the president's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner accompanied him to the Vatican. The Vatican's secretary of state urged the president to uphold the US commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, an global pact to combat climate change.
Before arriving in Rome, Trump visited Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank, and he's scheduled to attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting and a G20 summit over the weekend.