Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican


United States President, Donald Trump, has met Pope Francis at the Vatican for a short private audience on the third leg of his overseas trip.

He arrived for the meeting along with his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The meeting was keenly awaited as the two men have already clashed at a distance on issues including migration and climate change, the BBC reports.

Mr. Trump will later meet Italy’s president and prime minister.

He will then fly to Brussels for a NATO summit.

He earlier vowed to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace, as he ended the Middle East leg of his tour.

The U.S leader began his foreign trip with a two-day stop in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, urging Muslim countries to take the lead in combating radicalisation.

Mr. Trump and his entourage arrived at the Vatican just before 06:30 GMT.

They were led by the Swiss Guard from the Vatican courtyard to the offices of Pope Francis.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were part of the entourage, which also included Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser, HR McMaster.

The two men spoke privately for about 20 minutes before joining the rest of the entourage and posing for photographs.


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