President Trump visited Pope Francis at the Vatican this week for their first face-to-face meeting.
The Vatican released a statement after the meeting, saying the talks between the two highlighted the “the joint commitment in favor of life, and freedom of worship and conscience.”
Trump tweeted that it was an “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 met with the pope privately in his studio for about 30 minutes, where the two discussed health care, education and assistance for immigrants.
“This is such a great honor,” Trump said before the meeting started.
Trump and his family gave the pope books from Martin Luther King, Jr. The pope gave Trump a medallion by a Roman artist.
“It is an olive tree, which is a symbol of peace,” the pope said. He explained it had “two branches, and a division of war in the middle.”
“We can use peace,” Trump said.
“It is with all hope that you may become an olive tree to make peace,” the pope said.
Just before leaving, Trump said: “I won’t forget. I won’t forget what you said.”
Photo: US President Donald Trump and his wife First Lady Melania Trump are welcomed by the prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein as they arrive at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with Pope Francis on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. The president will return to Italy on Friday, attending the Group of 7 summit in Sicily. Trump will also visit American troops stationed in at a US air base in Sicily.
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Publication date: May 24, 2017