Liberals are outraged this morning, after Melania Trump chose to wear a traditional veil while meeting the Pope in Rome. They claim that her decision to do so showed favoritism to Christianity, since she did not wear a hijab while in Saudi Arabia last week.
Ivanka Trump also wore a veil. Neither woman, however, wore a head scarf in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, despite the local custom of Muslim women wearing hijabs in public.
Melania, Ivanka and Jared sat in an anteroom while Francis and the president held their audience, speaking with Gentlemen of His Holiness members and Gaenswein.
Pope Francis did not smile as he greeted Trump outside the study. Trump, seeming subdued, said “it is a great honor.” The two men then posed for photographs before heading into their meeting, which at precisely 8.33am.
Following their meeting, which lasted for about half an hour, Trump smiled and chatted with Francis after the two warmly shook hands.
As they were leaving the meeting, the pope joked with first lady Melania, possibly alluding to the president’s big-and-tall frame. “What do you give him to eat – potica?” the pope asked. Potica is a nut-filled cake from the first lady’s home country of Slovenia. Melania did not dispute it, simply laughing and responding “potica.”
Trump and Pope Francis then exchanged gifts at the Vatican before the president departed.