Spicer Left Out of Pope Visit, and It's Seen as Big Snub

Jane Richards
May 27, 2017

Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump met for the first time on Wednesday.

Smiling for the staff, Francis had a light moment with the First Lady, asking via translator, "What do you give him to eat, pizza?"

"Per Vatican protocol, women who have an audience with the Pope are required to wear long sleeves, formal black clothing, and a veil to cover the head", she said.

That was the question many raised after the First Lady, along with senior advisor and first daughter Ivanka Trump, donned a black lace veil while meeting Pope Francis in the Vatican.

Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis.

Ivanka, Melania and President Trump with Pope Francis.

"I think people are reading into it and misinterpreting it", presidential and first lady historian Jane Hampton Cook told the Washington Post.

Despite not covering her head, the first lady's outfit earned her glowing reviews quoted in the local press that lauded her responsiveness to the country's culture.

The US President vowed to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace, as he ended the Middle East leg of his tour on Tuesday.

In the pope's 2015 encyclical on climate change, he argues that climate change is backed by a very consistent scientific consensus and that the world must confront the causes of climate change while mitigating the effects.

Even journalists accustomed to sparring with the Republican aide felt a tinge of sadness that Spicer's boss would not let him meet the leader of the world's more than 1 billion Catholics.

Mr Trump and the Pope also appeared to agree, at least for a day, to settle on the same message - the need to avoid conflict.

President Trump, who became the first US president to visit the wall while in office, wore a yarmulke, which is customary for men who visit the religious site.

Thursday's meeting was far more cordial, though, with the President taking to Twitter afterwards to express his satisfaction.

Pope Francis and President Donald Trump have made no secret of their opposing viewpoints: on immigration, on climate change, or on walls. The king of Saudi Arabia is the head of state. Several news outlets said it indicated Spicer's diminished status as Trump's top communications officer.

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