Trump tells Pope Francis: 'I won't forget what you said'

The Vatican described the discussions as "cordial" and stressed the two men's joint opposition to abortion and shared concern for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. According to Uproxx, NBC Senior News Editor Bradd Jaffy tweeted out a photo of an exasperated-looking pope standing next to a smiling Trump.

Trump leaves Rome later today, and flies to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting Thursday.

He arrived in Europe from Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he vowed to try and achieve peace in the region.

When Melania and Ivanka touched down in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, they were guests in a country where aspects of Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale ring all too true: gender segregation is the norm, women are unable to drive, do not have the full vote and only recently won the right to open their own bank accounts.

The pope gave Trump what he said was a medal by a Roman artist.

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, First lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis pose during their private audience at the Vatican. They spoke of together being "engaged in service to the people in the fields of healthcare, education, and assistance to immigrants".

"That's good for world peace".

Both sides had been determined that the meeting would emphasise areas of agreement between the new administration and the Vatican, after some pointed exchanges between the two leaders over the a year ago.

Before parting, Trump presented the pope with a gift, a series of first edition books by Martin Luther King Jr.

Shortly after his visit with Pope Francis on Wednesday, President Trump took to Twitter to praise the pontiff and highlight the Vatican meeting's main focus - the quest for peace.

For example, Pope Francis gave President Trump a large medallion depicting an olive branch as a symbol of peace.

"We can use peace", said the president, acknowledging the symbolism.

Francis's interpreter could be heard translating a comment by the pope to the First Lady: "What do you give him to eat?". "I think he does to every world leader. Potica?" Pope Francis asked Melania, in a reference to a calorie-laden cake that comes from her native Slovenia and is pronounced "potteezza".

Speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson couldn't say whether climate change was discussed with the pope. She laughed in response, and agreed with him. Trump is regularly characterized as seeming more "subdued" than during his previous stops on this trip and his remarks were shorter and less colorful.

Francis and Trump have also responded differently to the refugee crisis.

Trump arrived in Rome Tuesday evening, his motorcade closing a busy Italian highway just after rush hour and prompting hundreds of onlookers to briefly step out of their gridlocked cars to gawk at the fleet of armored vehicles.

Significant protests are also expected in Brussels where he will meet European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials.

"But the Pope is a serious guy!" you scream in hopes that you don't have a conflict between your Catholicism and your unfeeling "conservative" belief system that treats the poor like garbage despite everything Jesus ever said.

Trump has expressed skepticism about global warming and possible causes, and he has promised changes to spur more coal and oil production in the U.S.

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