Trump Says Meeting with Pope was "Honor"

Trump clashed with Pope Francis during the campaign, but expressed his deep appreciation for the papal audience he received.

After Francis met with Trump he was introduced to members of Trump's delegation, including Mrs. Trump.

Neither Trump nor the Pope revealed what their conversation entailed and neither the White House nor the Vatican offered any immediate clues, leaving those curious about the first meeting between the two starkly different world leaders thirsting for more.

The pope presented Mr Trump with a medallion engraved with an olive tree, the global symbol of peace.

Pope Francis smiled faintly as he greeted Mr Trump outside the study and was not as outgoing as he sometimes is with visiting heads of state.

"We can use peace", Trump responded.

To which Pope Francis replied; "It is with all hope that you may become an olive tree to make peace".

"I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world", he added. The men (President Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner) went to the men's prayer plaza while the president's daughter Ivanka and the first lady went to the women's area, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

There was even a light-hearted moment when Pope Francis made an apparent allusion to Mr Trump's imposing physical size.

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"If you look at her style, it's still very much her and her style of dress but being sensitive to the place and host nation for sure", Stephanie Grisham said.

Immigration has been a fault line between history's first South American pope and a president who came to power promising to build a wall to keep Mexican migrants out of the United States. Trump said he would read the books.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L) walks to Marine One with Director of Oval Office Operations Keith Schiller (R) in Washington, U.S., to embark on a trip with U.S. President Donald Trump to the Middle East and Europe May 19, 2017. "We had a fantastic meeting".

Trump later traveled to Brussels to meet with Belgium's king and prime minister.

A Vatican statement on the meeting highlighted "the joint commitment in favour of life, and freedom of worship and conscience". "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian", The pope who is a strong advocate of helping refugees, particularly those from Syria, said it both a "moral imperative" and "Christian duty" to help them.

People are comparing photos from POTUS' recent meeting with photos of the pope with other world leaders. "I won't forget what you said".

Before the door of the wood-lined elevator closed, a Vatican protocol official was heard quipping to the President that it was not "like Trump Tower in New York". Then-candidate Trump called the pope's questioning of his faith "disgraceful".

This story has been corrected to reflect the pope asked about potica, not pizza.

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