The mainstream media is all too excited to break the ninth commandment covering President Trump’s visit with Pope Francis.
The press shared pictures of the two leaders posing togather — Trump smiling while the Pope isn’t, implying that the Pope feels miserable or something…and of course, they’re comparing it to pictures of former President Obama and His Holiness laughing together. But we all know when you’re meeting for a certain amount of time, you get what my friend at Townhall.com Christine Rousselle points out some have called, “Resting Pope Face.”
Here are some examples:
Resting Pope Face
Then there’s the story about the gifts they exchanged with each other, saying the Pope took a shot at Trump by giving him his speech on climate change — but it turns out the Pope gave Trump three of his major writings, as is the custom….This doesn’t appear to be a slight or jab at Trump.
But here are some examples, anyway:
The Climate Change Blessing
The media has gone to great lengths to make Trump look irreligious and immoral, but it appears we’ve learned more about the corrupt media than we did about the president.
Here’s what we do know this week: Mr. Trump became the first sitting president to pray at the Western Wall. He also met with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and both meetings went well — then he met with the Pope, and it seemed to go well, too. All this after making his first stop in Saudi Arabia and receiving a very warm, over-the-top welcome where he attempted to unite the Muslim nations against “Islamic extremism” — a huge change from the last eight years.
Fox News’ chief religion correspondent Lauren Green characterized Trump’s meeting with the Pope better than anything I’ve seen in the mainstream media:
No president has done what Donald Trump has done on his first foreign trip: traveling to the cradle of the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam– and then on to Rome, the seat of Catholicism.
It was, for all intents and purposes, a religious pilgrimage, diving into what has become the source of a lot of global strife. But it was his meeting with Pope Francis that drew the most anticipation due to their previous “disagreements” over immigration, refugees, and the environment.
The meeting turned out not to be about Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, taking the American president to the woodshed about building a wall or closing borders to refugees.
Diplomatically speaking, they met as equals – as Heads of State.
So, there you have it. Trump and the Pope met today. Trump called it the “honor of a lifetime,” and left many wondering exactly what the Pope told him when he finished, “Thank you. I won’t forget what you said.”
What did the Pope tell Trump? Who knows, but it obviously impacted him.