President Trump was received by Pope Francis for an audience at the Apostolic Palace on Wednesday. The audience lasted about 30 minutes, with the two speaking and exchanging gifts.
In attendance with President Trump was first lady Melania Trump, along with his daughter Ivanka, both dressed in black and wearing the traditional black veils.
The pair exchanged several gifts: Trump gave Francis books by Martin Luther King Jr., and the pope also gave Trump an emblem of an olive tree, representing the need to pursue peace. “We can use peace,” the president replied.
At the end of the audience, Pope Francis gave President Trump copies of Evangelii Gaudium, Amoris Laetitia, and Laudato Si’.
As they shook hands in farewell, Trump told the pontiff, “I won’t forget what you said.”
Trump later tweeted that it had been an “honor of a lifetime” to meet the pope. He added, “I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.”
Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world. pic.twitter.com/JzJDy7pllI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2017
Full video of Trump’s visit (1:06:53)