Pope Francis on Wednesday told U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker while both of them met for the first time at the Vatican. Recall the two leaders have repeatedly disagreed on different issues.
Trump with his wife Melania and some aides met with the pope, as the two leaders held a 30-minutes private chat.
Francis who gave Trump an olive tree symbol, spoke through a Spanish interpreter saying, “It is my desire that you become an olive tree to construct peace,”
Trump replied: “We can use peace.”
Francis also gave Trump a signed copy of his 2017 peace message titled “Nonviolence – A Style of Politics for Peace,” and a copy of his 2015 encyclical letter on the need to protect the environment from the effects of climate change.
“Well, I’ll be reading them,” Trump responded.
Trump, said “it is a great honour.”
The U.S President also gave the pope a boxed set of five first edition books by late American civil rights crusader Martin Luther King.
Trump said “Thank you, thank you. I won’t forget what you said,” as both leaders bid themselves goodbye.
Trump met with the pope as part of his nine-day international tour which ends Saturday.
Recall that President Trump had earlier held talks with religious leaders when he visited holy sites in Jerusalem and met with Saudi Arabian leaders.
Combating Islamic militants was one of the reasons Trump visited Pope Francis.