Why Melania Trump covers her head one day but not the next

Melania isn't the first first lady to forgo a headscarf in the Middle East, but her decision, however, directly contradicts her husband's criticism of former first lady Michelle Obama, who chose not to wear one during her visit in 2015. They posed for photographs and then sat down at the papal desk, the pope unsmiling, as their private meeting began. The Pope gave the president a copy of Laudato Si, an encyclical he wrote on the environment - a pointed gift, given that Mr Trump has threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris accord on combating climate change.

Smiling for the staff, Francis had a light moment with the First Lady, asking via translator, "What do you give him to eat, pizza?" She laughed in response, and agreed with him.

The president and pope have not always seen eye to eye.

Mr Trump also told the pope he was committing more than US$300 million (Dh1.1 billion) to help prevent or tackle starvation in Yemen and several countries in Africa. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.

Vatican City was the third stop on the president and his entourage's foreign trip. "I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened", Trump said.

Francis also gave Trump a signed copy of this year's World Day of Peace message, which explores non-violence as a political strategy, and a medal made by a Roman artist with an olive tree on it representing war and peace.

Mr Trump, who has threatened to ignore the Paris accords on emissions and described global warming as a hoax, vowed to read them.

After the meeting, Trump gave the Pope books that were written by Martin Luther King.

"Upon landing in Belgium, I learned a young boy and his family who had been waiting for a heart transplant was informed that the hospital has found a donor", the first lady said in a statement.

Asked how the meeting with the pope went, Mr Trump said: "Great". He is really good. "We have two press corps seats on the plane, and I do meet with whoever's along", he explained to reporters flying on Air Force One between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, about how he handles State Department travel.

"We had a fantastic meeting", the president said afterward. It is hoped that there may be serene collaboration between the State and the Catholic Church in the United States, engaged in service to the people in the fields of healthcare, education and assistance to immigrants.

"A person who thinks only about building walls ... is not Christian".

Correspondents said Mr Trump seemed subdued during their initial meeting, while Pope Francis was not as jovial as he sometimes was with world leaders.

At the Vatican, while Mrs Trump strictly followed tradition and protocol by wearing black and a mantilla, other high-profile visitors have taken liberties with their attire.

The President then called on Italy's President Sergio Mattarella and met Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni briefly.

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