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Pope Francis Doesn’t Seem to Like President Trump Very Much

Pope Francis and Donald Trump
Pope Francis poses with President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Osservatore Romano/handout via Reuters

President Trump’s first foreign jaunt brought him to the Vatican on Wednesday morning. His Holiness Pope Francis—Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God—was pissed. Just look at him.


The Stung Pope.

“When pool entered the study, the pope and the president were seated across from each other at the pope’s wooden desk,” the morning’s press pool report reads. “POTUS told the pope ‘it’s a very great honor.’ The pope did not say anything. He did not smile. He looked at pool several times. We were quickly ushered out at 8:33 am.”

Oof. Remember how happy Francis was to see the other guy?

Anyway: “After the meeting,” NPR reports, “Trump met with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. When asked about his discussion with Francis, Trump said it had gone very well. ‘He is something,’ Trump said.”

Update, May 24, 2017, at 11 a.m.: The president would like everyone to know that his meeting with the Pope went well, actually. So well, in fact, that he’s made a photo of it his Twitter banner.