Your Evening Briefing: The Pope's Gift to Trump
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Gift-giving is truly an art–and selecting gifts of state can be especially fraught. When President Trump met Pope Francis on Wednesday, they partook in that age-old diplomatic tradition. Trump gave the pope a special edition of a set of books by Martin Luther King. The pope gave the president books on family and the joy of the gospel, a medal made by a Roman artist, and a work of his own with a particularly loaded meaning. –Emily Banks
Pope Francis urged Trump to meet U.S. commitments on climate change. After a half-hour meeting in his private study at the Vatican, Francis gave the president a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for urgent, drastic cuts in fossil-fuel emissions. His choice of gift suggests he is adding his voice to those pressing Trump not to renege on the Paris accord.
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