President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that the meeting of Pope Francis the honor was “a lifetime.”
Trump met with the Pope in a private study in the Vatican for 30 minutes on Wednesday. The meeting was part of the Trump’s first trip abroad as President. Trump was accompanied by his wife Melania, his daughter Ivanka, her husband and senior adviser Jared Kushner and Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.
To fulfill the honor of a lifetime, His Holiness Pope Francis. I’ll let the Vatican more determined than ever to PEACE in our world. pic.twitter.com/JzJDy7pllI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) may 24, 2017
The President and the Pope discussed terrorism and the radicalisation of young people. The Vatican Secretary of state, the issue of climate change in the Assembly, and encouraged trump to stay in the Paris agreement.
Pope Francis and Trump exchanged gifts during the meeting. Trump gave the Pope a first edition series of books written by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, a piece of granite from the King’s memorial in Washington and a bronze sculpture, “standing for hope for a peaceful,” according to the White house.
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The Pope the gifts of Trump represented the peace: the Pope offered Trump a medal, shows an olive branch, among other gifts.
“We can have peace,” the President said when receiving the gift.
The Pope presented trump with a medal, a message of peace and of the three bound papal documents, which define to a certain degree, his papacy and priorities, including the family and the environment. The Pope Trump said he signed the message “for you personally.” Trump said he would read the books.
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If Trump left, he said to the Pope: “I Thank you, I will not forget what you have said.”
Later, when he met with Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, Trump, the Pope said: “He is something.”
“We had a fantastic meeting,” said the President. “It was an honor with the Pope.”
Declaration by the Vatican later said, “satisfaction was expressed” on their “common commitment in favor of life,” and it was the hoped-for cooperation on the supply and support of immigrants and the protection of the Christian communities in the Middle East.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.