Pope Francis and President Trump are meeting at the Vatican today. While we wait to hear how the meeting went, here’s a recap of their history thus far. Click below for the full history.
All eyes will be on the Vatican Wednesday, when President Trump and Pope Francis finally meet face to face.
The pair have had a short but fraught history.
Before Donald Trump jumped into the political arena, he was a mere businessman and reality TV star who had a myriad of thoughts on the world around him. When Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected to be the next pope of the Catholic Church, Trump tweeted his congratulations: “Congratulations to my Catholic friends on the selection of Pope Francis I to lead the Catholic Church. People that know him love him!”
However, Trump seemed to take a turn for the critical a few days later, when he wondered about the frugality Pope Francis was known for. “I don’t like seeing the Pope standing at the checkout counter (front desk) of a hotel in order to pay his bill,” he tweeted. “It’s not Pope-like!”
Still, by the end of the year, he was complimentary: “The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!”
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