SHADE: Pope Hands Trump Climate Change Treatise

The Hill reports:

Pope Francis on Wednesday gave President Trump a copy of his 2015 encyclical letter on the environment and climate change. Trump responded to the gifts by saying: “Well, I’ll be reading them,” according to pool reports. The Trump administration has been pushing to roll back Obama-era regulations on the environment. At the beginning of the meeting, the president said it was a “great honor” to be meeting with the pope.

More from Reuters:

Francis smiled faintly as he greeted Trump outside the study and was not as outgoing as he sometimes is with visiting heads of state. Trump, seeming subdued, said “it is a great honor”. ven when the two were sitting at the pope’s desk in the presence of photographers and reporters, the pope avoided the small talk that usually occurs before the media is ushered out. The two talked privately for about 30 minutes with translators.

Francis’s interpreter could be heard translating a comment by the pope to the First Lady: “What do you give him to eat?”. Francis then gave the president a small sculptured olive tree and told him through the interpreter that it symbolized peace. As Trump and the pope said goodbye at the door of the study, Trump told the pope: “Thank you, thank you. I won’t forget what you said.” Asked how the meeting with the pope went, Trump said: “Great. He is something. He is really good. We had a fantastic meeting.”

  • Boreal

    Let’s see, do I believe anything dump says? I’ll wager Donald would deny he ever said this.

    Donald Trump calls Pope Francis ‘disgraceful’ for questioning his faith

    • Joe in PA


  • Tawreos

    The pope looks like he is only having this meeting because someone made him have it.

    • RoverSerton

      Rumor has it (i’m just starting it now) that Queen Elizabeth asked for the Trump meeting to be after her death.

      • Tawreos

        That would definitely make the meeting more tolerable for her.

        • Gustav2

          Can you imagine a meeting with Charles III?

          • Dazzer

            Yes. It would be hilarious. Trump desperately doesn’t want to be left alone with Charles because Charles has made it clear that he will lecture Trump on climate change and the importance of the environment and why big game hunting is a disgrace.

            William and Harry have stated in no uncertain terms that they will not be available to have any kind of meeting with Trump. Charles knows that as he’s heir to the throne he has to meet people he despises as part of his job.

            Doesn’t mean that Charles won’t make Trump squirm through every fucking second, though.

          • Jerry

            I’ve often thought the Queen was waiting to pass the title to her grandson…Britain didn’t have much luck with “King Charles” in the past.

          • Karl Dubhe

            He’s likely to be a traditional king; silent for the most part.

            He’s waited for the job long enough, I doubt he’ll want to fuck up.

          • David Walker

            I doubt if the rest of European officialdom would consider this “fucking up.” If anything, they would probably (unofficially) cheer him on.

      • boatboy_srq

        She’d have postponed a month, but she wouldn’t like pResident Pence any more than pResident tRump.

      • lymis

        Liz is going to be alive and queen FAR longer than Donnie will be president.

      • lymis

        I’d love to see her announce that she’s taking a page from her husband’s playbook and drastically reducing her public schedule. For about a week. Then change her mind after the coast is clear.

        She could always get the sniffles again.

        • perversatile

          I think it would be perfectly acceptaple for the Queen to say one of her coorgis tried to eat a bee, and she dare not leave him alone for even a second. Any pet lover would understand… Oh. Wait a minute, never mind.

      • JCF

        But ONLY if it can’t be after HIS death!

    • Jon Doh

      I’m surprised they aren’t best buds, both being experts at conning people. Maybe it’s a competitive dislike?

      • Tawreos

        The pope at least tries to make it look like he cares about people, Donny doesn’t care.

  • Rex

    Donald promises “not to forget” a lot these days, and then will forget he said it.

  • Reality.Bites

    Anyone who has to serve as interpreter of Trump deserves a Purple Heart.

    • Butch

      You’d have to speak at least three languages, one of them being “moron.”

      • netxtown

        “moron” is not a hard language to master. Half of the US speaks it fluently…albeit with a side of twang

        • Robincho

          It don’t mean a thang if it ain’t got that twang…

          • netxtown

            do wop, do wop, do wop wop wop !

    • Todd20036

      Maybe that stupid Trumpanzee can give another Purple Heart away

    • lymis

      Unfortunately, recording devices and television cameras have taken all the fun out of being an interpreter.

      Trump speaks.
      Interpreter listens.
      Interpreter tells Pope : “You’re not going to believe what the moron just said.”
      Pope smiles and nods.

  • Neil Jameson

    The pics say it all.

    • Gustav2


    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Frankie can’t even fake bonhomie with Don while he seems to genuinely like being around Obama with his smile reaching his eyes.

  • madknits

    “I’ll read it.”
    Bullshit. It doesn’t mention his name every paragraph,so he won’t be interested.

    • Butch

      That’ll happen after he learns to read.

      • Bob Conti

        I think the Pope gave him a pop-up version.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          The climate change coloring book

          • Snarkaholic

            …and only one crayon (red).

        • MBear

          Hopefully the poop got the right pop-up book.
          Hopefully it wasn’t the Vatican published best seller, “Little Johnny Gets His First Erection – a Playtime Book for Priests”

          • Bob Conti

            You’re terrible, Muriel.

    • KCMC
    • If it’s longer than a page, he won’t be reading it.

      • olandp

        And about him.

      • David Walker

        No pictures?

        • prixator

          And big red maps, too!

    • joeyj1220

      What’s interesting is that the encyclical Francis chose to give “Laudato Si” lays out everything that is wrong with Trump’s political vision

      • David Walker

        But His Pope-posity knows 45 doesn’t read, Mel would enjoy it, Vanky wouldn’t read it to him after the first paragraph, and the staff that puts things on his desk would notice his name isn’t there, so Frankie’s bases are covered.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Hi Melania. Grieving Widow is a good look on you.

    • Gustav2

      but…but….but she was brave not to wear a head covering in front of those evil moose-lambs.

      • ETownCanuck

        Apparently the Pope’s dress code is more deserving of respect….

    • RaygunsGoZap


      • Capritaur

        Mourning is a social ritual that has many protocols and expectations, grief is not one of them.

    • Bob Conti

      I think that she was doing a dress rehearsal.

    • Joe in PA

      Hey wait a sec…just a few days ago…I started a conversation about kleenexes bobby-pinned to girl’s heads (before going to mass)…Miss Anastasia Beaverhousin commented that they should have used a doilie from the end table.

      Coincidence…I think not. Melania must just be reading JMG comments.

      Nice doillie Melania.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        When I was growing up, in the synagogue, most women used a lace doily, folded in half and bobby pinned. Kleenex? Never!

        • Smokey

          Kleenex were the last resort if a girl didn’t have a veil in her purse. Usually only seen on weekdays at “school” masses.

    • Jeffrey

      It’s her best look! Ivanka as Delia Deetz is also everything.

    • Heh-heh… What do you geeeeve him toooo eat, my deeear? Heh-heh…

    • JCF

      “He slipped! Vas aksident!”

  • chefbd

    More important that Donnie’s opinion of the pope, I wonder about the pope’s private opinion of Donnie.

    • Karl Dubhe

      I think the photos showed that clearly. 🙂

    • clay

      If the Pope’s translator’s any good (and I suspect he is), I bet the Pope thinks the President’s an idiotic ass.

      • Joe in PA

        I don’t think the translator needs to be very good for that insight…. Just saying. 🙂

  • The Sentinel

    Fuck Trump and Fuck the Pope.

  • Dejerrity Mycron

    YES!! Throw that shade, Pope!!

  • boatboy_srq

    How cute. Frankie thinks Donnie can read.

    • clay

      How cute. Donnie thinks Frankie’s unfamiliar with the work of Martin Luther King. Trump’s gift to the pope was a set of King’s writings (probably in the original American). I’m surprised it wasn’t a boxed set of books by about Donnie.

      • Tawreos

        Knowing Donny, we should feel lucky it wasn’t the writings of Martin Luther.

      • boatboy_srq

        tRump is the sort that thinks giving literature is good because people will be impressed by the stack on the coffee table.

  • Tawreos

    Is Melania on her way to a funeral?

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      She might smile inappropriately when it’s Don in the box.

      • Todd20036

        Now when you say “box” do you mean…

        • Tawreos

          I would guess that it does not refer to the “box” that Donny likes to grab.

    • Jerry Kott

      She is mourning the Death of a Nation.

    • DaddyRay

      I think we know which funeral she would like to attend

      • Jerry Kott

        She won’t hold his hand but she probably would hold his wallet. It may be safe to say that that is the only bulge in his pants she is interested in.

        • bambinoitaliano

          She needs to take it one step further by tripping him down the steps.

          • Jerry Kott

            It may be safe to say that the thought has crossed her mind.

    • kareemachan

      Damn, I see what you mean. She looks like she’s in a Victorian melodrama.

      ETA: Dang, she wouldn’t cover her hair in SA, but will for the Pope?

      • clay

        I suspect she’s more East European Roman Catholic at heart than Donny’s confused Protestant. Just like Ivanka followed her own faith and covered her hair while in Israel.

      • Tawreos

        I didn’t get covering the hair for the pope either. Maybe the veil is to hide when she loses control of her facial features when Donny tries to touch her.

    • Rex

      Maybe, like me, she was hoping he’d be struck by lightning the minute he touched the Pope’s hand.

  • Rex

    They were all miserable the entire time. The pretend sincerity between politicians is laughable.

  • Tom G

    So now he’s lied to the pope

    • Jonathan Smith

      Why not, he’s lied to everyone else…….

  • Michael R

    Trump is such a deep and spiritual man that the popes words are bound to …

  • kareemachan

    Francis is not perfect, but damn, he can do a great burn when he wants to (or is it shade? I’m an oldster and get them confuzzled.)

    • Robincho

      Sometimes a shadeburn can be as painful as a sunburn…

    • Stubenville

      Personally I think this was a burn. Shade would be keeping 45 waiting.

  • Rex

    If Comey can try to hide in the drapes, Meliana can try to hide under a doily.

    • TuuxKabin

      And Spicey in the booshes.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT – This just happened yesterday. Hope?

  • i am so loving the “I Can’t Wait to be a Widow” getup on Mel. you go grrl.

    • Reality.Bites

      You think she’ll wear mourning garb?

    • TuuxKabin

      Mourning Becomes Her.

  • Karl Dubhe

    The body language in those photos is stunning.

    People don’t look happy to have photos taken with Trump. At least they’re not refusing to have their photos taken with him; yet anyhow. I know that I’d refuse the opportunity, as politely as possible, should I ever have the chance.

    *which I won’t. 🙂

    • AmeriCanadian

      Yes…those pictures say it all don’t they?

  • Smokey

    Someone needs to lighten this somber looking occasion:

    • TuuxKabin

      Charles Pierce, Gilded Cage, Ternderloin, San Francisco, m id- 60’s had us in stitches doing this, especially genuflecting.

  • -M-

    ‘This is an honor that I’ll remember for as long as I can.’

  • Rex

    Meliana is in mourning because she had foolishly told Donnie that the day he could touch her again is the day he has an audience with the Pope.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Joe, not sure but I think the Taiwan ruling just happened.

  • jefe5084

    Too bad Cheetolini can’t read.

  • jefe5084

    No head covering for Muslims, but yes for Catholics? Why?

    • clay

      Ivanka also covered her hair in Israel.

      • jefe5084

        maybe she just had her roots dyed. Is that Melanoma in the picture? I can’t tell.

        • billbear1961

          I think it is, yes.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        If anyone should have to cover their “hair”, it’s Dumpf!

        • MBear

          that’s not…technically…’hair’

    • billbear1961

      I wondered about that, too, jefe.

      Is she Catholic?

    • As someone who is representing our country, if their society wears a headscarf, or a hat, or a whatever then do so. Be polite, you are a guest!

    • Stubenville

      I suspect that they were flatly told “no audience” if the women didn’t cover their hair as a sign of respect. Thus the very unflattering mantilla dumped on Melania’s head. I think Ivanka was smart enough to stash something cute in her purse.

      • jefe5084

        Yeah what the hell was that thing on Mel’s head? And she, the super star fashion model.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Breaking: First words from Trump to Pope now leaked!
    Dumpf: No Christian has been more persecuted and ill-treated than me!!!
    Pope: #[email protected]$#45!! %$%##[email protected]#$!!

    • Miji

      Pope: Wait here. Let me get a lion, a hammer, and a bucket of nails.

      • KarenAtFOH

        Melania: Hold my beer.

  • JT

    SHADE: Pope Hands Trump Climate Change Treatise

    Drumpf’s nose is dripping. He’s having an allergic reaction to the truth.

    • jefe5084

      It’s the cocaine.

  • Mike Dent

    Apologies for linking out to another site (albeit a really good one!), but to see the difference between the literacy levels of the current US President and the previous one, simply look at this side-by-side of their entries in the Jerusalem Holocaust Memorial guest book. One is heartfelt statement in beautifully flowing cursive script; the other is a crude, random mash of separate upper- and lower-case letters. I’ll let you figure out which President writes like a serial killer…

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Trump is a putz.

    • jefe5084

      Yes, indeed. Plus the focus in Cheetolini’s thing was himself.

    • billbear1961

      Does Trump Have Brain Disease?

      The STAT Website has done an analysis of Donald Trump’s speech patterns over the course of decades. He has been giving interviews as far back as the 1980s, so there is plenty of material look at. The conclusion is that Trump used to be an excellent and educated public speaker, even when answering tough questions from reporters. He spoke in polished paragraphs with complex sentences and a large vocabulary, basically the kind of speech one might expect from a graduate of an Ivy League college (the University of Pennsylvania, in his case).

      That is not true any more. A study of his campaign speeches last year shows that he is speaking at a level just below 6th grade—much, much lower that he had been in the past. It is possible that he has consciously and intentionally changed his speaking style and vocabulary to appeal to voters with far less than a college education, but the STAT researchers offer an alternative theory: He is suffering from cognitive decline. This could be due to his age or to a neurodegenerative disease, but the decline from his previous speaking style is unmistakable and enormous. Thanks to Taegan Goddard of Political Wire for noticing this story.

      • Beagle

        When was the change, and how sudden was it? The analysis would seem to make sense (to this non-medical type) if the change was gradual over the years. On the other hand, if the change suddenly happened all at once a few years ago, it could be an act for political purposes.

    • Once again the subject is the Holocaust and he acts like a shitgibbon. Why do we let him out in public, why??

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but this is just totally fucking insane. I really cannot take this much insanity anymore.

  • Sashineb

    Very interesting … Melania wouldn’t cover her head in the Middle East, but she does so when meeting the Pope.

  • Thorn Spike

    “well, I’ll be reading them.”

    Tsk, tsk, lying to the Pope.

    • ByronK

      The Pope added, “They were printed very slowly because we know you don’t read very fast.”

  • ColoMtnWoman

    He’ll trade it in for the “big print” version…with pictures…as soon as he gets home. But since his name isn’t on every page he’ll never get to Chapter-2.

    But it was all “fantastic”, and “very, very” tremendous

  • SilasMarner

    Interesting that the first whore and the bitch daughter wore head coverings for the evil christian leader but wouldn’t wear head coverings for the evil Islamic leaders.

    • Stubenville

      They didn’t want to muss their hair.

  • Boreal

    Waiting for the CBO ACHA score. Just went to the office of the teabagger that represents me and got the runaround from her staff.

  • Stogiebear

    “Great. He is something. He is really good. We had a fantastic meeting.”

    Sounds like a 3rd grade book report.

  • FAEN

    I hope the Pope scolded him on his administration’s war on immigrants and the poor.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I’m sure he did.

  • Ninja0980

    Add another person Trump can badmouth on the campaign trail and twitter but won’t badmouth to his face.
    Trump is a coward but we knew that already didn’t we?

  • That_Looks_Delicious
  • Mike

    The Trump stink will linger in the Vatican once Gingrich’s former mistress takes over as ambassador. It may end in humiliation for one and all, and that would be a gift from babyjebus.

    • Stubenville

      The Vatican can simply refuse to accept her. Of course that would cause a HUGE stink…

  • TheManicMechanic

    Pope has the look on his face when he’s presented with those problems with pedophile priests over and over..

  • BobSF_94117

    I’m sad to say that Michelle Obama dressed similarly, more like Melania than whatever Ivanka is trying to project with that funereal/matrimony thingy.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

    • BobSF_94117

      It’s interesting to look at photos of previous First Couples meeting the Pope. Hillary Clinton and Pat Nixon, at least to me, nailed the “I respect you, but I’m not Catholic”. At the other extreme, Nancy Reagan appears to have gone full Bene Gesserit from the Dune trilogy.

  • ByronK

    Is Melania doing a trial run for her widow outfit?

  • popebuck1

    It wasn’t written in crayon, so I don’t think it’s gonna get ready.

  • Joe in PA

    I wonder if he asked to drive the Pope-mobile…like those monster trucks at the WH?

  • Hank

    Trump responded to the gifts by saying: “Well, I’ll be reading them,” according to pool reports.
    Sure with HIS ADD he will only get through the first paragraph!!!

  • Westcoast88

    He will read it if his name appears several times in every paragraph

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    The Pope just cured my depression! SAINT HIM

  • Jeffrey
    • Reality.Bites

      To me it looks more like a funeral where someone is the sole heir.

    • Ernest Endevor

      I didn’t know they’re Sicilian peasants. I thought they were German peasants.

  • Reality.Bites


  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • BuffaloDan

      The cast of “Alice, Sweet Alice.” All grown up!

    • MassageBear

      The Pope meets with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

  • Tor
  • Pat

    I hope the pope said ‘Here, asshole, try to learn something’ when he handed it to Dumpy.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    The official photo says it all, hell, it’s screaming.

  • KQCA

    Pope to Idiot translation, “You and your followers can fuck up your own country but don’t take the whole world down with you.”

  • Natty Enquirer

    I hope Jorge remembered to insert Trump’s name on every page.

  • JWC

    these people are soooo stiff and awkward social interactuion is foreign to them

  • Max_1
  • edrex

    and yet she wouldn’t cover her head in saudi arabia.

  • boobert

    Who died? Those pictures say it all ! Thanks for the morning laugh .The trump staff will have to put his name in hundreds of times to get him to read the pope’s letter.

  • Bob Conti

    Either nobody except Cheetolini is happy to be there, or Hair Furor just let out an enormous fart.

  • I hope he rewrote it adding M🍑’s name to every paragraph.

  • Javier Smith

    People of Europe, I send you the Cheeto of America!!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Randy503

    “Here, Melania, read these papers and give me a quick summary.”

  • JWC

    I am just amazed that , during the visit with Pope frank, nothing burst into flames, no bibles no one s hair

  • Acronym Jim

    Not only was shade thrown with the presentation of the climate change treatise, it appears from the video that Papa Frank also pointedly did not smile for the official photo op.

  • James

    Delusional, self-aggrandized bigot in stupid fucking hat meets delusional, self-aggrandized bigot with stupid fucking hair.

  • TampaDink

    He won’t read that….because he can’t read very well, it probably never mentions him by name so even that can’t help encourage him to have someone read it to him. Frank would might as well have given him a coloring book of the saints from the Vatican gift shop.

  • andrew

    If you believe that Trump is going to read the Pope’s Encyclical Letter on the environment and climate change, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I can give you a good deal on.

    • Paula Key

      Aother lie.

  • Stubenville

    Interesting how Melania has her head covered here, as is the custom when meeting the Pope. I guess she couldn’t be bothered to muss her hair for the Arab world.

  • stuckinthewoods

    Apparently the pope fat-shaded 45 by asking Melania if she was feeding him “potica” the Serbian strudel-like cake he loves. It looks worth trying.

  • JCF

    2015 encyclical letter on the environment and climate change. Trump
    responded to the gifts by saying: “Well, I’ll be reading them,”

    I was going to say “the latest addition to Trump Lies” . . . but I’m sure he’s made AT LEAST a half dozen lies since then.