Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

Olive Rios
May 25, 2017

The daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, who as a White House adviser is seen as having increasing influence, met the women while accompanying her father on his first foreign trip.

Francis smiled faintly as he greeted Trump outside the study and was not as outgoing as he sometimes is with visiting heads of state.

Francis then gave Trump a small sculptured olive tree and told him through the interpreter that it symbolised peace.

Trump responded: "We can use peace". The pope gave the president a large medal by a Roman artist, inscribed with an olive branch - a symbol of peace.

The men shook hands and Trump could be heard saying it was a "very great honor" to be there.

"He is something", Trump said to reporters of Pope Francis.

In a light moment, the Pope used his translator to ask the First Lady 'What do you give him to eat? "I won't forget... I won't forget what you said", he promised, as if telegraphing the importance of their meeting to the press. "I won't forget what you said". "The pope is an actor on the world stage and Trump is the president of a country with a huge impact on the world", said Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit priest who edits the Vatican-approved journal La Civiltà Cattolica, the New York Times reported. He is something. He is really good.

Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter
Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

"It is hoped that there may be serene collaboration between the state and the Catholic Church in the United States, engaged in service to the people in the fields of health care, education and assistance to immigrants", the statement reads.

The two men's often opposite worldviews collided head-on early past year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump's campaign pledge to build an impenetrable border wall.

In response, Trump said, "For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful".

During his world tour of religions, US President Donald Trump stopped by the Vatican to pay respects to Pope Francis and exchange views.

Trump at first did not plan to stop in Rome during his visit to Europe, which some in the Vatican saw as a snub. "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian". When he changed his mind, the Vatican squeezed him in at 8:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, an unusual day and an unusually early time.

More potentially awkward meetings await the President on the next leg of his trip to Belgium where he is attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, meeting the leaders of the European Union as well as the King, Queen and Prime Minister of Belgium.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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