'We Can Use Peace,' President Trump Says After Exchanging Gifts With Pope

Following a brief greeting, Trump and Pope Francis Francis held a meeting in the Pope's private library where, during a 27-minute talk, they briefly discussed the promotion of world peace in a face-to-face conversation aided by interpreters, according to the Vatican press office.

Wednesday's meeting also included an exchange between Francis and the first lady, who wore a veil in accordance with Vatican tradition. The meeting between His Holiness and a man who once bragged on tape about groping a woman was bound to be a bit awkward, especially given that candidate Trump made the Pope a campaign target after Francis offered some thinly veiled criticism on his immigration policies. Thank you. I won't forget what you said'.

During his earlier stop in Israel, Trump declared that both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders are "ready to reach for peace". And the pope just - can you imagine? "This is not the Gospel", the pope said after a visit to Mexico.

Trump then called Francis "disgraceful" for doubting his faith.

"If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS' ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president", Trump said during the campaign.

Against that backdrop, Francis's diplomatic advisors would no doubt have counselled the outspoken pontiff against any reference to Trump's size, which came under considerable scrutiny during the United States election campaign.

Trump gave the Pontiff a bound, first edition set of the works of Martin Luther King. Do you think they need to tone it down?

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The 2016 United States presidential campaign saw the two men broadcast dueling messages to the world.

"He is something", Trump said of the pope.

If the Pope appeared restrained with the President, he was far more relaxed with Melania Trump, sharing a joke with the First Lady over her husband's weight.

This time, the USA and Italian leaders will likely discuss migration issues, global security and possible economic cooperation between the two countries that are longtime allies. The pontiff was then introduced to members of Trump's delegation, including his wife Melania, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as aides Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino.

Francis gave Trump copies of the three major texts he has published as pope, including one on the environment which urges the industrialised world to curb carbon emissions or risk catastrophic consequences for the planet. "Potica?" Francis asked Melania, in a reference to a calorie-laden cake that comes from her native Slovenia and is pronounced "potteezza". Trump was bringing "a message of tolerance and of hope to billions", he said.

Trump called for building a massive wall along the Mexican border and signed a temporary suspension on the entry of refugees. Based on photographic evidence, accounts of the meeting, past Facebook beefing, and basic theological knowledge, the Pope was not super happy to be meeting with Donald J. Trump and co.

  • Regina Walsh