Trump will meet Pope Francis in Rome on first foreign trip

Trump will meet Pope Francis in Rome on first foreign trip

Trump will meet Pope Francis in Rome on first foreign trip

Trump to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican May 24 after trip to Israel, Saudi Arabia.

The multi-country tour will coincide with Trump's participation in the annual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on May 25 and a G7 summit in Southern Italy on May 26. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the upcoming meeting this morning in his speech prior to signing his Executive Order on religious liberty. However, a White House readout of the meeting said Trump "raised his concerns" about the issue and "emphasized the need to resolve the issue".

On Thursday in a rare public address Jared Kushner, H.R. McMaster, and Dina Powell shared the details behind President Trump's first foreign visit which will include a trip to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Vatican.

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"What he wants to do is solve the same problem that a lot of the leaders in the Islamic world want to do", an official said during a briefing, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Trump is expected to meet both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on the trip.

The US president, who upset many Muslims by attempting to ban travellers from seven countries where the religion is prevalent, will travel to the Middle East later this month.

Last month, Trump said he was looking "very much forward" to meeting with Francis, and it appears that both sides made an effort to make the meeting happen.

On the presidential campaign trail Trump clashed with Pope Francis, after the pontiff criticized his anti-immigrant rhetoric and plans to build a wall along the border between the USA and Mexico.

Speaking aboard his papal plane in February of a year ago, the pope was asked about Trump's proposal.

If there's reluctance on either Trump's or Francis's side for the meeting, it wouldn't be surprising.

A person who traveled with Trump during his tenure atop the Trump Organization in the 1990s described a businessman not particularly enthralled with foreign travel: He did not easily adjust to time-zone changes and was regularly jetlagged, the official said.

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