Pope prom­ises sin­cer­ity with Trump

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.”

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