The United States of America’s president Donald Trump has finally met with Pope Francis for the first time. Trump greeted Francis in Sala del Tronetto, the room of the little throne, on the second floor of Apostolic Palace Wednesday morning.
The men shook hands and Trump could be heard saying it was a “very great honour” to be there.
“They then posed for photographs and took a seat at the pope’s desk to continue their conversation. They will now meet in private”.
Prior to the handshake, Trump walked toward the Saint Ambrose room, led by Gentlemen of his Holiness, which is a sort of honour guard of nobility. He was joined by his wife Melania Trump, who had a veil on her head, in adherence to Vatican protocol.
Trump arrived Wednesday morning at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with the pontiff. The meeting comes midway through his nine day international trip.
The president and pope have not always seen eye to eye. The two men’s often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump’s campaign pledge to build an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees.
“Papal audiences usually last for about 20-30 minutes of private talks, followed by introductions of delegations, a photo and exchange of gifts”.
President Donald Trump was poised to call on Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed.
The President also met the pontiff at the Vatican early Wednesday where the two will have a private audience laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol.
The meeting is said to last for more than an hour. But it could provide powerful imagery to Catholic voters back in the United States as well as the possibility for conflict between a president and a pope who have not often seen eye-to-eye.
The two men’s often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump’s campaign pledge to build an impenetrable border wall.