On this fifth day of President Trump’s first foreign trip, he and First Lady Melania Trump met with the Pope at the Vatican. This rounds out his visit to the cradles of the three major monotheistic religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
Report from the Associated Press/New York Daily News
Trump, midway through his grueling nine-day maiden international journey, called upon the pontiff at the Vatican early Wednesday where the two had a private 30-minute meeting laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol. The President, accompanied by his wife and several aides, arrived at the Vatican just after 8 a.m. local time. The President greeted Francis in Sala del Tronetto, the room of the little throne, on the second floor of Apostolic Palace Wednesday morning.
The men shook hands and Trump could be heard thanking the Pope and saying it was “a great honor” to be there. They then posed for photographs and then sat down at the papal desk, the Pope unsmiling, as their private meeting began.
It ended a half hour later when Francis rang the bell in his private study. The pontiff was then introduced to members of Trump’s delegation, including his wife Melania, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as aides Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino. As is tradition, the Pope and President then exchanged gifts.
Trump gave the pontiff a collection of Dr. Martin Luther King’s writings. The Pope gave Trump a medal symbolizing peace and three books on family, the gospel and “care of our common home, the environment.”