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Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 01:25

U.S. President Donald Trump met Pope Francis, one of his most high profile critics, at the Vatican on Wednesday and after an exchange of gifts he promised he would not forget the pontiff's message during their half-hour discussion. Mia Womersley reports.

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The U.S. President coming face-to-face with one of his most high-profile critics. Donald Trump on a trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis for the first time. Joined by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. The Pontiff trying to break the ice - asking about what Mrs Trump gives her husband for supper. The two men don't see eye-to-eye on issues like immigration and climate change. They famously clashed over Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Pontiff said building walls rather than bridges is 'not Christian'. Trump in turn said it was "disgraceful" of the Pope to question his faith. The President hadn't planned to stop off in Rome during his European tour - something the Vatican took as a snub. But when he changed his mind, he was squeezed in at 8.30am on Wednesday (May 24) morning - an unusual day and an unusually early time. The Pope gave Trump a small sculptured olive tree symbolising peace and a copy of his encyclical letter on the need to protect the environment from the effects of climate change. Trump handed over a boxed set of writings by Martin Luther King and promised not to forget the Pontiff's message.

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Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 01:25