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Pope Francis, Trump Hold Landmark Meeting

25 May 2017

Tillerson said Trump "hasn't made a final decision" about the US standing in the accord, and likely will not until after he wraps his first overseas trip as president and returns to the U.S.

Of course, it's possible that Pope Francis was just trying to make small talk, and potica happened to be the only Slovenian word that the Buenos Aires native could think of.

Parolin encouraged "continued participation" in the Paris Climate Agreement, according to Tillerson.

Pope Francis smiled faintly as he greeted Mr Trump outside the study and was not as outgoing as he sometimes is with visiting heads of state.

"The president indicated we're still thinking about that, that he hasn't made a final decision".

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"No president has ever visited the homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslims faiths all on one trip", said US National Security Advisor HR McMaster.

The Hill went with something a bit more subtle: "Pope gives letter on climate change during vatican meeting". It is hoped that there may be serene collaboration between the State and the Catholic Church in the United States, engaged in service to the people in the fields of healthcare, education and assistance to immigrants.

The president's meeting with Pope Francis was described by onlookers as "stiff."

Mr Trump's audience with the 80-year-old Pontiff, a keenly anticipated highlight of his first overseas tour, lasted just under half an hour and concluded with both men beaming, for the cameras at least.

So what can we glean from what we know of this meeting, and does it have any larger significance?

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Ivanka is now accompanying her father, U.S. President Donald Trump, on his first global tour, which also included stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel. The pope also gave Trump a medallion depicting an olive branch as a symbol of peace. At the time, President Trump said he would use the "full force and weight" of the USA government to fight against trafficking.

The pope also presented Trump with three books that he said he sends to all Catholics: one on family, one on the Gospels and one on "care of our common home, the environment".


"The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me."


While Donald dropped in on Italy's President and met Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Melania visited a children's hospital and Ivanka met women trafficked from Africa for the sex trade. Then-citizen Donald Trump criticized Mrs. Obama for doing so in 2015.

But the Trumps' clothing choices in both Riyadh and the Vatican nonetheless sent clear messages about the attitude of the United States towards Islamic and Catholic values and tradition. As he once said: "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian". "They're using the pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves - that's the Mexican government - they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant and so risky and so bad for the United States".

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Pope Francis, Trump Hold Landmark Meeting