Setting aside past rude talk, Trump and pope focus on peace

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He will meet the pontiff at the Vatican early Wednesday where the two will have a private audience laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol.

President Trump's commitment to fighting extremism and intolerance will win approval from the Pope, as will his determination to bring peace to the Middle East.

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"The pope is talking about climate change, he's handing [Trump] the encyclical". "In that way, there's another parallel between Jackie's meeting with the pope 55 years ago and Melania's exchange with this Pope about her husband's eating habits, in that both women brought out the lighter side to what is a very heavy, tradition-filled meeting".

But Pope Francis pulled a great move in his first meeting with the President of the United States.

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The Trumps were at the Vatican to take part in a tour of St Peter's Basilica as part of an ongoing world tour, which has so far taken them to Saudi Arabia and Israel. The Pope had the subject on the agenda, and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State at the Vatican, exhorted Trump to not yank America out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Following the meeting, Scavino posted a photo of Trump's delegation and the pontiff on his own Twitter account, writing: "THANK YOU Holy Father Pope Francis". In return, the Pope gave Trump an olive tree medal that symbolizes peace.

The Pope joked around with the president and his wife after their meeting.

There's a discussion going on as to the why the First Lady and First Daughter wore head coverings in presence of the Catholics, and they didn't in presence of Muslims.

Mr Trump, who BBC Europe editor Katya Adler said seemed star-struck, said of the Pope: "He is something, he's really good". In Israel, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to strong ties with the longtime USA ally and urged Israelis and the Palestinians to work harder toward peace.

He later flew to Brussels where he was to meet Belgium's king and prime minister on Wednesday evening before a day of meetings with European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders on Thursday.

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