President Donald Trump continued his first foreign trip Wednesday visiting Vatican City. While in the holy Catholic city, the president met with Pope Francis and exchanged gifts with the Catholic father. The president was joined by First Lady Melania Trump as well as senior White House and administration officials.
The president exchanged gifts with the pontiff giving him a set of Martin Luther King Jr.’s writings. His Holiness gave President Trump documents he customarily gives to heads of state: Amoris Laetitia (“On Love and the Family”), Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), and Laudato Si’ (“On Care for Our Common Home”). Pope Francis told the president he signed one of the texts personally for him.
The president also had a private meeting with Pope Francis that Trump later described to reporters as “great.” On Pope Francis, Trump said, “He is something.” Trump continued, “We had a fantastic meeting.” The president concluded his remarks to the press saying, “We’re liking Italy very, very much and it was an honor to be with the pope.”
After visiting with His Holiness, Trump went on to meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. The president will conclude his trip to Italy today before heading to Brussels to take part in NATO events.