Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Trump to meet Pope and Italian leaders


The men shook hands and Trump could be heard saying it was a "very great honor" to be there.

VATICAN CITY They are stylistic opposites, one a bombastic tycoon-turned-president, the other a famously modest pope.

In short, one man has made a career out of boasting about his wealth, while the other has sought to uplift the world's marginalized people and promote equality.

Accordingly, their visit together could be extremely awkward. The Pope would be better off taking Trump to the bowels of the Vatican, and having a team of exorcists attempt to drive the demons from the vulgar bastard.

The pope received Trump for an extended audience that lasted about 30 minutes.

But Trump also praised him for being humble a few months later (on Christmas Day).

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However, after learning of the Pope's criticism, Trump went into retaliation mode.

Neither Trump nor the Pope revealed what their conversation entailed and neither the White House nor the Vatican offered any immediate clues, leaving those curious about the first meeting between the two starkly different world leaders thirsting for more.

When the crowd spotted him, someone reportedly yelled "Viva Mexico", to Trump's displeasure.

Evangelicals have done serious and irreparable harm to their reputation, how the hell can anyone take these Trump lovers seriously when they preach their message of redemption and renewal in the name of Christ? I love what he stands for and I like his attitude.

The elephant in the room will be the president's planned border wall with Mexico. Francis early previous year was sharply critical of Trumps 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.

Trump and the pontiff have already clashed at a distance on issues including migration and climate change.

That is not in the Gospel. Trump replied that a religious leader capable of voicing such sentiments was "disgraceful".

Trump's flight to Tel Aviv first between Saudi Arabia and Israel
The area is home to sensitive religious sites, including the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray. He'll later to lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem, a Holocaust memorial, and deliver a speech at the Israeli Museum.

Trump is the 13th president to visit the Vatican and, as part of his tour, he will view the Sistine Chapel.

"For all their differences, both men say what they feel and speak clearly and freely, without holding back", said Lucetta Scaraffia, a modern history professor at Rome's La Sapienza University and the author of several books about the Vatican. But the detente wouldn't last long.

Pope Francis gave the president copies of his three main teaching documents as parting gifts, as he typically does for visiting heads of state.

And when that terror ignited in the peripheries with massacres, looting, oppression, and injustice explodes in the centers in the form of violence, including with hateful and cowardly intent, the citizens who still have some rights are tempted by the false security of walls, physical or social-walls that close some in and banish others.

Trump responded to the criticism by noting that the Pope has "an awfully big wall at the Vatican".

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Pope Francis warned against turning to populism amid political crises, as the Germans did with Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.

And that is a very serious thing.

She adds that the tone in Brussels has gone from off-the-record sneering when the erratic and unpredictable Mr Trump first won the November elections, to outright concern now that the implications of his presidency have begun to sink in. They posed for photographs and then sat down at the papal desk, the pope unsmiling, as their private meeting began.

As Trump heads to the Vatican, the pope tweeted about the importance of "dialogue".

President Trump's commitment to fighting extremism and intolerance will win approval from the Pope, as will his determination to bring peace to the Middle East.

Around 100 mainly US expats voiced their own concerns in a square in Rome on Tuesday evening, chanting, "Love trumps hate", "Education not deportation" and "Trump, you're fired".

Evangelicals will never admit their mistake, even when their Messiah is eventually (God Willing) impeached, for them loyalty to Trump is as much a tenet of their faith as believing in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.

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