At 6:38 p.m. The president and first lady emerged from Air Force One, as a second Air Force One type plane was visible in the background.
During his travels Tuesday, Trump tweeted, ‘Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East were great. Trying hard for PEACE. Doing well. Heading to Vatican & Pope, then G-7 and NATO.’
‘All civilized nations must join together to protect human life and the sacred right of our citizens to live in safety and in peace’, the president added.
Trump has already visited Israel and Saudi Arabia, since leaving Washington, D.C., on Friday.
While in Israel, Trump met with the country’s president and prime minister, and he traveled to the West Bank for talks with the Palestinian Authority’s president.
Trump spoke about signs he’s sees that both sides are serious about wanting peace between their peoples.
Trump prayed at the Western Wall, visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and at Yad Vashem – Israel’s national Holocaust memorial – he paid respects to the 6 million Jews who were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators. Trump also visited the Israel Museum.
Rome is the next destination on the president’s five-nation, five-stop tour of the Middle East and Europe.
Trump meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday.
While meetings between the head of the Catholic church and the president of the United States aren’t unusual, a gathering between these two men could be strained over comments each made while President Trump was a candidate.
Last February, Pope Francis spoke out against Trump’s comments on immigrants.
‘Anyone, whoever he is, who only wants to build walls and not bridges is not a Christian,’ Pope Francis told reporters.
That got Trump steamed, and the GOP hopeful replied, ‘For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.’
Like many statements Trump made on the campaign trail last year, his tiff with the Pope was expected to kill his campaign.
Trump, however, kept on winning primaries.
He softened his tone on the Pope, saying the religious leader didn’t understand the impact drugs flowing over the border were having on Americans’ lives.
That, Trump suggested, was his reason for wanting to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
When Trump was sworn-in this January, Pope Francis sent the new president a letter offering ‘cordial good wishes,’ which articulated the importance of looking out for the poor.
‘At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding far-sighted and united political responses, I pray that our decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide,’ Pope Francis said.
He told Trump that, ‘may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.’