“Speaking in Spanish through an interpreter, the Pope also gave Mr Trump a signed copy of the message he delivered at the last World Peace Day and three of his major writings including his 2015 encyclical on the need to protect the environment.

“Well, I’ll be reading them,” Mr Trump said.”

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Donald Trump could do with more education on the effects of environmental degradation and pollution and climate change.

His daughter Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, and other people like various Holly wood actors and celebrities like Leonardo diCaprio, have been trying to educate The Donald in this area.

Reuters

Donald Trump meets Pope in Vatican, vows not to forget his message

25 May 2017

Pope Francis and Donald Trump shake hands in front of a press pack.
US President Donald Trump has met with Pope Francis, one of his most high profile critics, at the Vatican and after an exchange of gifts promised not to forget the pontiff’s message during their half-hour discussion.

Key points:

  • The meeting was awkward but not openly hostile
  • Mr Trump promised to read the Pope’s writings on peace and conservation
  • The two men have clashed on racial, religious and environmental issues

Mr Trump and the Pope have expressed opposing views on issues such as immigration and climate change and the two men exchanged sharp words during the presidential campaign last year.

Under clear blue skies, Mr Trump received a tribute on Wednesday from the Swiss Guard in a Vatican courtyard where he was greeted by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the prefect of the pontifical household.

Mr Trump looked uncomfortable as he entered a small elevator taking him to the third floor of the Apostolic Palace, where he was accompanied by Mr Ganswein and other officials along a frescoed corridor to the Pope’s private study.

Following behind Mr Trump were his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, a top White House aide, national security adviser HR McMaster and adviser Hope Hicks.

The Pope smiled faintly as he greeted Mr Trump outside the study.

Mr Trump, seeming subdued, said “it is a great honour.”

The two men then posed for photographs and the Pope kept a stern face while Mr Trump beamed for the cameras.

At the end of the private encounter the Pope, smiling and looking far more relaxed, gave the President a small sculptured olive tree symbolising peace.

Mr Trump thanked him and said, “we can use peace.”

Speaking in Spanish through an interpreter, the Pope also gave Mr Trump a signed copy of the message he delivered at the last World Peace Day and three of his major writings including his 2015 encyclical on the need to protect the environment.

“Well, I’ll be reading them,” Mr Trump said.

 

 

He gave the Pope a boxed set of writings by Martin Luther King.

As Mr Trump left he told his host, “thank you, I won’t forget what you said.”

Mr Trump’s meeting with Pope Francis, his third stop on a nine-day foreign tour due to end on Saturday, was part of his world tour of religions after meeting leaders of Muslim nations in Saudi Arabia and visiting holy sites in Jerusalem.

While his talks in Saudi Arabia and Israel were mostly friendly, the meeting between the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the thrice-married, blunt-spoken Mr Trump had the potential to be a little more confrontational.

Sharp exchanges

The Pope said last year a man who thinks about building walls and not bridges is “not Christian,” a sharp reprimand for Trump’s vow to build a wall along the US border with Mexico.

Mr Trump said it was “disgraceful” of the Argentine-born pope, who represents just over half of the world’s two billion Christians, to question his faith.

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

Mr Trump’s softer stance on environmental regulations also is at odds with Francis’ view that climate change is caused mostly by human activity.

The Vatican also took a dim view of Mr Trump’s anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric, although Mr Trump softened his tone considerably in a major speech in Riyadh.

Pope Francis said last week he would be “sincere” with Mr Trump but did not want to judge him before listening to him in person.

Reuters