Pope Francis gifts Trump his book on climate change

Pope Francis gifts Trump his book on climate change

NY [U.S.], May 24:: Pope Francis appears to have left his mark on U.S. President Donald Trump as they had their first face-to-face meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Pope Francis and President Donald Trump exchanged gifts on Wednesday during a meeting Trump later called "fantastic" and "an honor".

Another picture portraying Ivanka Trump and Melania Trump wearing black dresses and veils, the president smiling and the Pope's stern look was satirized mercilessly on social media.

Trump, midway through his grueling nine-day maiden global 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.

As for the Trump-Francis relationship, during the presidential campaign the pope was sharply critical of the candidate Trump's pledge to build an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees.

The commander in chief made worldwide headlines after he was photographed next to the serious-looking pontiff alongside wife Melania and daughter Ivanka, who donned long-sleeved black dresses and veils for the "stiff" visit.

It seems the two left on OK terms though, and Trump reportedly told the pope that he "won't forget" what he said.

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

Pope Francis was gifted a boxed set of five first edition books by Martin Luther King.

Mr Trump and the Pope were famously at loggerheads a year ago, when the former said building a wall - the one proposed between the United States and Mexico - would show Mr Trump was "not a Christian".

Meanwhile, the Vatican released a statement saying Trump and Pope Francis held "cordial discussions" covering various topics, including global affairs and worldwide peace. "For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful", Trump wrote on Facebook among other sentiments.

However, it sounds like the Pope wasn't the only one unimpressed with his meeting with Donald Trump as, according to CNN, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was desperate to meet the Pope but failed to receive an invite. "I hope you do", Trump said.

Diplomatically speaking, they met as equals - as Heads of State.

Trump is visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium.

U.S. President Donald Trump has coffee during a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 20, 2017.

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