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President Trump Met Behind Closed Doors With Pope Francis

Melinda Barton | 25 May, 2017, 06:12

Trump again told the pope, "Thank you".

The Vatican visit was widely considered to be a bit of a peacekeeping mission, but if we learned anything from the encounter, it's that Pope Fran is absolutely A-1 at throwing shade. A press spokesperson also said that potica is a favorite of the Pope who loves to mention it whenever he meets anyone from Slovenia. However, people have argued that some of Donald Trump's actions are in conflict with Christian values and principles. The two spoke privately for about 30 minutes with translators.

To our ears, it sounds like the first lady said either "pizza" or "potica" back to the pope - who seems to get a kick out of her answer.

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

"The pope and the president discussed how religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions, such as Syria, Libya, and ISIS-controlled territory. I hope you do", Trump said. And because of the gathering crowd, the President of the United States was ushered into the palace through a small side entrance used by Vatican employees.

Trump met the pope on the third leg of his first overseas trip as president, a meeting marked by several awkward moments.

Officials within the Vatican had anticipated that Trump and Francis would have a more amicable exchange when they met in person.

"He is something", Trump said. "I think he does to every world leader". He is something. He is really good. "We had a fantastic meeting".

The discussuion was described as "cordial" in a statement by the Vatican, which said "satisfaction was expressed" for the good US relationship with the Vatican and their "joint commitment in favour of life, and freedom of worship and conscience".

Catholic News Service noted that Francis presented Trump with a split medallion held together by an olive tree, symbolizing peace. In February 2016, the pontiff remarked on then-candidate Trump's key proposal to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, saying it was not Christian.

Trump retorted that it was "disgraceful" for the pope to doubt his faith.

The meeting concluded Trump's tour of the world's largest monotheistic religions, after meeting Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia last week and after his two day visit to Israel. She spent time in front of a statue of the Madonna at the Vatican's children's hospital and laid flowers at its feet. When he changed his mind, the Vatican squeezed him in at 8:30am on a Wednesday morning, an unusual day and an unusually early time.