President & Melania Trump Meet the Pope: Photos From the Vatican

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Early Wednesday at the Vatican, Pope Francis and President Donald Trump had their first face-to-face meeting. This is the second time the Pope has welcomed a president. Former President Barack Obama visited in 2014. Also with Trump were his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Rex Tillerson, and H.R. McMaster. Prior to their meeting, media reports focused on how different the two are. Trump arrived in the President’s motorcade, while the Pope arrived in a blue Ford Focus. Trump had just finished a visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel. The Pope recently made a historic visit to Egypt. The Pope and Trump have different viewpoints about immigration, arms sales, and climate change, making this an interesting meeting even though both came to their positions as “outsiders” (although in vastly different ways.) The night before the meeting, Cardinal Peter Turkson, a Vatican official, tweeted: “Pope Francis & Pres Trump reach out to Islam-world to exorcise it of rel. Violence. One offers peace of dialogue, the other security of arms.” (Read the tweet here.)


When Trump and the Pope first met, Trump was described as smiling broadly while the Pope looked more serious, but friendly. They shook hands and then Trump introduced Ivanka and his delegation, including Kushner.


Prior to the meeting, the Pope said that he was not seeking confrontation, but just discussion, The New York Times reported. “In our talk, things will come out, I will say what I think, he will say what he thinks, but I never, ever, wanted to make a judgment without hearing the person,” the Pope said.


Click through the gallery to see more photos from Trump’s historic visit with the Pope. (Getty)