Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Pope Francis Met With Donald Trump

Pope Francis Met With Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he is "more determined than ever" to pursue peace in the world after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican.

President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed, concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions.

She adds that the tone in Brussels has gone from off-the-record sneering when the erratic and unpredictable Mr Trump first won the November elections, to outright concern now that the implications of his presidency have begun to sink in.

Pope Francis said, "It is with all hope that you may become an olive tree to make peace". 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. The president and pope have a contentious history, but appeared on good terms after their conversation.

Trump included close family members and some long-time aides in the meeting, in a gesture being interpreted as a demonstration of his commitment to loyalists.

Trump arrived for a short private audience at the Apostolic Palace along with his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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At the end of the meeting, there was an exchange of gifts, as is customary.

It was confirmed by her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, on May 24, hours after Pope Francis blessed a rosary for her at the Vatican, reports the Daily Mail.

President Trump presented Pope Francis with a gift box containing five of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s books, including a signed copy of The Strength to Love. But Spicer, who has become a late-night punchline at home for his strident defense of Trump, has been all but invisible overseas, declining to hold on-camera briefings and missing from top-level meetings.

After Trump and Francis sat for photos, the pope revealed his initial impression of Trump when he met Melania. At one point, the Pope jokingly asked Melania, "what she fed her husband", the Guardian reported.

At an earlier news conference, the Pope said he wouldn't judge Trump before their meeting or seek to convert him on political issues.

"I didn't know that Melania was going to be saying the Lord's Prayer, but I thought that was handsome, thank you".

Protests are also expected to continue in the week when Trump travels to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting and Sicily for a G7 gathering.

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