Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

Gwen Vasquez
May 25, 2017

President Trump met with Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican on Wednesday, as he continued his tour of homelands of followers of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. "I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world".

Members of Trump's family also met the pontiff, leading to a lighthearted exchange between the first lady and the pope. He appeared to greet the USA president cautiously on Wednesday, but warmed as the meeting continued and joked about what Trump ate.

After leaving the Vatican, the president was driven across Rome for meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

"It is my desire that you become an olive tree to construct peace", the Pope said, speaking in Spanish. "Because I think there is a mutual interest to close all the polemics of the past and to start working together", said Massimo Franco, author and political analyst for leading daily Corriere della Sera. Just days after they ditched headscarves in Saudi Arabia, the women wore long-sleeved black dresses and veils for the Pope.

"This is a gift for you".

"For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful", he said at a campaign rally in SC.

Secret service agents stand next to U.S President Donald Trump's limousine at the Vatican, May 24, 2017.

Trump told the pope that he "won't forget what you said" following the meeting. 'We can use peace, ' Trump replied. Mr. Trump gave the Pontiff a first edition set of Martin Luther King's writings, one of the books had Dr. King's signature.

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Trump told his host as he left: "Thank you".

The U.S. Catholic Church hierarchy opposes Trump's attempt to cut federal assistance for cities that give sanctuary to illegal immigrants. "We're liking Italy very, very much and it was an honor to be with the Pope".

Trump responded with a statement calling Francis' remarks "disgraceful". Without naming President Trump by name, the Pope said in February 2016 that "a person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian".

In a lighter moment, Francis referred to Trump's imposing bulk by asking his wife Melania, "What do you feed him on?" After the media distorted what Trump said, the pope said if someone said he was only interested in building walls, that would not be Christian.

The meeting with the pope was the third stop on a nine-day foreign tour due to end on Saturday, and part of his world tour of religions after meeting leaders of Muslim nations in Saudi Arabia and visiting holy sites in Jerusalem.

The president accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner arrived in the presidential motorcade and Francis in a Ford Focus.

Earlier Tuesday, speaking alongside Trump in Bethlehem, Abbas said the fundamental problem for the Palestinians is with the Israeli occupation and settlements and Israel's failure to recognize Palestine.

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