The Mercury

Pope will stand up to Trump


THE VATICAN: Pope Francis has said he will be “sincere” with Donald Trump over their sharp difference­s on subjects such as immigratio­n and climate change.

The Pontiff, who is due to hold his first meeting with the US President at the Vatican later this month, said he would keep an open mind and not pass judgement on Trump until first listening to his views.

“Even if one thinks differentl­y, we have to be very sincere about what each one thinks,” Francis said.

“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 judgement 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 said “are well known”.

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