If a picture is worth a thousand words, the look on Pope Francis’s face as he stands beside Donald Trump tells the world all they need to know about what he thinks of the U.S. President.
Here is a smiling Trump and a definitely not smiling Pope:
One can imagine that the Pope is trying to explain to Trump that taking away food and healthcare from those in need is not the Christian thing to do:
It really does look like he was summoned to the principal's office. pic.twitter.com/cJv1cJk1dS
— Bruce Feiler (@BruceFeiler) May 24, 2017
Religion News Service reported that the Pope gave Trump homework, “Donald Trump is known as a climate change skeptic with a short attention span for reading, especially if the text isn’t about him. But Pope Francis is a man of faith who lives in hope, and during the first, highly anticipated meeting between these two world leaders with sharply contrasting visions the pontiff gave the president three documents, including his landmark encyclical underscoring the perils of global warming.”
The Vatican described the meeting as “cordial,” and hoped that there may be a serene collaboration between the Catholic Church and the United States.
Trump described the meeting like he describes every meeting with everyone. Trump said the meeting with Pope went, “great and fantastic.” He also called the Pope “something,” according to the White House Press Pool report provided to PoliticusUSA.
While the Vatican with diplomatic, the Pope had the same, “I can’t believe this guy is president” look that other world leaders couldn’t hide when they met Trump.
Everyone is saying the right things, but the expression on the Pope’s face suggests a meeting that was far from great.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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