Donald And Melania Trump Hold Hands After Controversy

In one of the lighter moments of his meeting with the United States president at the Vatican on Wednesday, Francis made an apparent allusion to Trump's imposing physical size. Then-citizen Donald Trump criticized Mrs. Obama for doing so in 2015. He is really great.

The US President was greeted warmly by Francis before they sat down for the private meeting at which only a translator was present.

The Vatican described the discussions as "cordial" and emphasised the two men's joint opposition to abortion and shared concern for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

The Pope and Trump met at the Vatican May 24, at 8:30 a.m., immediately before the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

SHAPIRO: There's always a certain amount of ceremony when a head of state is received by the pope. Donald Trump, who became the first US president to visit the wall while in office, donned a yarmulke - a skullcap - which is customary; the site keeps stacks of them for visitors to wear. The Pope said.... niente. There were these gorgeous frescoes on the ceiling and walls depicting angels. The First Lady's spokeswoman confirmed that His Holiness had in fact joked with the First Lady about feeding the President potica, a Slovenian hand-rolled pastry. You know, that's how it works.

Melania Trump wore a veil to the Vatican today to meet the pope, but no head covering a few days earlier to meet the king of Saudi Arabia, a religiously conservative country where most women cover themselves up from head to toe.

SHAPIRO: Any idea what he said that Trump was referencing there? There are some clues.

Not that Trump has gone silent on his five-stop trip overseas. The pontiff said last week he would "never make a judgement about a person without hearing him out" and some Vatican observers suspect he will hold his tongue, at least for now.

Finally, they shared thoughts on global affairs, and the promotion of peace throughout the world by focusing on "political negotiation and inter-religious dialogue, with particular reference to the situation in the Middle East and the protection of Christian communities".

But there is one thing that neither of their official statements mentioned that was a topic during the president's Vatican visit, and that's climate change, which is one of those areas of disagreement.

According to a Vatican communique, Pope Francis and President Trump, "expressed satisfaction for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy See and the United States of America".

"The president indicated we're still thinking about that, that he hasn't made a final decision". Tell us in the comments!

The president gave the pope a case of books by Martin Luther King Jr., and the pope gave Donald Trump a medal by a Roman artist, inscribed with an olive branch.

KEITH: Yeah, so this was interesting. The Pope, being a rather savvy operator, handed over a copy of Laudato Si': On Care For Our Common Home.

That's because Francis and Trump have diametrically opposed views on issues as varied as immigration, climate change and arms sales, the Times said, adding, "Although both men seemed determined not to let politics intrude on their encounter, the underlying tensions were clear".

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