Pope Francis met Donald Trump at the Vatican


It said Trump and Francis had exchanged views on “international affairs and the promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation and interreligious dialogue, with particular reference to the situation in the Middle East and the protection of Christian communities.” An expected subject was about the “extreme terrorist threats” and the “radicalization of young people,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters. At this occasion, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, raised the issue of climate change and encouraged the president to maintain the U.S. participation in the Paris climate accords. Trump himself later called the meeting “great” and “fantastic. “We’re liking Italy very, very much and it was an honor to be with the pope.” The pair exchanged official gifts, with the pope presenting Trump a medallion by a Roman artist in the shape of an olive tree, the symbol of peace.


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