Pope promises sincerity with Trump
Pope Francis says he will be “sincere” with President Trump regarding their sharp differences on subjects such as immigration and climate change when the two hold their first meeting at the Vatican later this month.
But the pope also told reporters aboard a plane returning from Portugal on Saturday that he would keep an open mind and not pass judgment on Trump until first listening to his views at their May 24 meeting.
“Even if one thinks differently, we have to be very sincere about what each one thinks,” Francis said in a typically freewheeling airborne news conference.
“Topics will emerge in our conversations. I will say what I think, and he will say what he thinks. But I have never wanted to make a judgment without first listening to the person.”
The pope’s meeting with Trump could be potentially awkward, given their diametrically opposed positions on immigration, refugees and climate change, which he told reporters on the plane “are well known.”