President Trump seemed to be the meeting with Pope Francis, they capture not only the success he with on this strange journey, but the progress he has made since he, and the Pope in the opposition during the campaign.
The “honor of life” Trump tweeted.
Now, it is true, the Pope saw the star in the first photo-op with trump and his family, but things appeared to warm up, despite the fact that, as the New York Times, the two men “symbolize wildly different views of the world.”
The Vatican-yesterday, also capped-trump-tour with the world’s three great monotheistic religions, the first in Saudi Arabia and then in Israel.
The experts initially saw the nine-day trip as an attempt of distraction from their preferred story, the Russia investigation. But there is a growing realization that this has non-stage treated politicians on the world, and that a White house usually depicted as chaotic, managed, carefully plan the visit.
There was a single misstep, if Trump stock with Bibi Netanyahu, he didn’t say Russian diplomats over Israel provides classified intelligence to confirm it, but the rest of the trip smoothly.
You just look at the reporting:
Wall Street Journal: “Trump, Pope Francis Says: ‘I will not Forget What You Said.'”
Politico: “Trump, as His feud trenches Gracious visit to the Pope.”
Perhaps even more important was this sidebar: “As Trump’s helpers Moved to the Middle East to Visit.” (Spoiler: a Lot of planning.)
Washington Post: “The couple seemed to put aside their differences from last year’s campaign, with the Trump of both presidential and respectful, while the Pope, smiled slightly, and seemed for the visual assessment of him.”
None of this disguises the differences between the two leaders. It was told that Trump gave the Pope the books of Martin Luther King, while Francis gave him his Encyclical on the environment.
It was a little more than a year ago, that the Pope took a swipe at the candidate Trump’s proposals on the construction of a border wall and deporting illegal immigrants. “A person in the building thinks only of walls, wherever they may be, and not to build bridges, not is said Christian,” the Pope.
Trump’s response: “If the Vatican is attacked, the Pope would only want, and have prayed that Donald Trump would be the President elected.”
Seems like eons ago.
CNN’s Chris Cillizza agrees that Trump had a good trip, but says this is because the helpers erected a “almost-totally-controlled environment with very little free time for the trombone.” His seven tweets, the kind of cookie-cutter stuff you see from the average politician”.” And with Melania, Ivanka and Jared together, “Trump does best-and has, through his whole adult — as he is surrounded by the cocoon of his family.”
No one is saying that Trump, back in Washington, all of a sudden in a heavily scripted character. But not all administrations intensively plan presidential travel?
In the end, it doesn’t matter whether Trump gets together with the Pope, as long as you can work together to stop say, the persecution of Christians—where there are common interests. The same is true for his relationship with king Salman, or Mahmoud Abbas, or Enrique Pena Nieto.
The personal diplomacy matters, but the leaders ultimately act in their own interest of their countries. And if this visit to the Vatican, the wailing wall and elsewhere helped get out the trump card to a good start, then we are blessed.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.