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Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican May 24

Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican May 24

Upon meeting this morning, the two were eventually joined by Trump's entourage, consisting of Melania, Ivanka and Jared Kushner - a moment that has since spawned quite a few memes.

Francis's interpreter could be heard translating a comment by the pope to the first lady: "What do you give him to eat?"

In return, Pope Francis gave Trump three of his writings, which he typically gives to heads of state, including "Amoris Laetitia", "Evangelii Gaudium", and "Laudato Si'" - his 2015 encyclical calling for climate change action. Details of the traditional gifts exchanged by Trump and Francis have not yet been revealed, the report said.

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

". 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 un-Christian.

Trump then called Francis "disgraceful" for doubting his faith. Trump said he would read the books.

MALCOLM BRABANT: President Trump's take on his meeting with Pope Francis differs greatly from the interpretation of veteran Vatican analysts.

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That looks unlikely. Pope Francis and Mr Trump hold wholly different views on those and indeed most important topics.

Hours after the meeting she said it was an experience she would never forget. 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. A statement from the Vatican later said "satisfaction was expressed" at their "joint commitment in favour of life" and that there was hoped-for collaboration on health care, assistance to immigrants and protection of Christian communities in the Middle East.

Trump responded: "We can use peace". Who knows, but either way Melania Trump's staff confirmed that she appreciated that the pope had cracked a joke tailor-made for her.

The visit to the Vatican is part of Trump's first foreign trip as United States president and comes after stops in Saudi Arabia and Palestinian.

"When the Kennedys visited Pope John XXIII in 1962, more than 15,000 people cheered Jackie when she entered Vatican City", says Kate Andersen Brower, an historian and author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies.



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