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.”