29 May, 2017
President Donald Trump seems to have put put his previous criticism of Pope Francis firmly in the past after meeting the Holy Father at the Vatican Wednesday. Analysts believe the atmosphere was better than expected since the original time-table of their meeting was set within 20 minutes.
Mr Trump gave the pope a boxed set of five first-edition books by murdered U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
"Well, I'll be reading them", Mr Trump said.
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As Mr Trump and the pope said goodbye at the door of the study, Mr Trump told him: "Thank you, thank you". I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.No president has done what Donald Trump has done on his first foreign trip: traveling to the cradle of the three Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam- and then on to Rome, the seat of Catholicism.
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Trump clashed with Pope Francis during the campaign, but expressed his deep appreciation for the papal audience he received. The only thing President could response was: "We can use peace".
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"For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful". Have you confronted them about it? The two shared some light banter, with the pope even teasing Mrs. Trump about what sort of treats she's been feeding her husband, suggesting potizza, a Slovenian pastry.
Francis also gave Trump a signed copy of this year's World Day of Peace message, which explores non-violence as a political strategy, and a medal made by a Roman artist with an olive tree on it representing war and peace.
Meanwhile, Trump called the meeting "great" and "fantastic" and tweeted that it was an honour to meet His Holiness, despite the fact he previously called the Pope's comments about a wall between the USA and Mexico being "not Christian" as "disgraceful".