In a momentous visit to the Vatican, President Trump and the Pope had a gift exchange on Wednesday. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).
VATICAN CITY — President Trump promised Wednesday to take to heart privately exchanged words with Pope Francis, after the two met for the first time and put aside their clashing views.
“Thank you. Thank you. I won’t forget what you said,” Trump told Francis at the end of the 30-minute, closed-door visit.
Photos before their meeting showed Trump smiling broadly, while the pope appeared stern. However, the pontiff emerged from their talk with a more upbeat look.
“Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world,” Trump tweeted.
During a later meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Trump said about the pope: “He is something. We had a fantastic meeting.”
The Argentine-born Francis spoke in his native Spanish, through an interpreter. The pope gave Trump a signed-and-bound copy of his remarks from the last World Peace Day in September, plus a set of English-language translations of his papal writings including his 2015 encyclical on climate change. Trump is a noted climate change skeptic.
“Well, I’ll be reading them,” Trump said. “We can use peace,” he added.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later said Trump and the pope discussed terrorism and the radicalization of young people. He said climate change came up…