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Pool report #4 - 5/24/17
Carol Lee • Wall Street Journal
May 24, 2017: 09:28 AM

President Trump said to Pope Francis as he shook hands with him just before he left: "Thank you. Thank you. I won't forget what you said."

Mrs. Trump said to the pope: "Thank you. I'm going to the hospital," in an apparent reference to her visit to a hospital in Rome today.

When pool entered the papal study at 9:03am, President Trump and Pope Francis were standing at the opposite side of the room. First lady Melania Trump, in a black, lace, tea-length dress and black lace veil, stood next to POTUS.

At 9:18am, pool was brought into the room Cardinal Pietro Parolin. "Thank you," POTUS said as they shook hands. They sat down for their meeting and pool was ushered out

More color TK. But quickly:

POTUS gave the pope a case of books. The pope gave POTUS several things.

"This is a gift for you. These are books from Martin Luther king. I think you will enjoy them," POTUS told he pope.

The pope gave POTUS what he said was a medal by a Roman artist. He said it's an olive which is a symbol of peace. He gave the description, which your pooler could not hear

"We can use peace," POTUS said.

The pope gave POTUS the message of peace: "I signed it personally for you," he said.

"Ooh," POTUS said. "That's so beautiful."

He then gave POTUS what he said were three books that I send to all the Catholics on the topics of family, the joy of the gospel and "care of our common home, the environment."

"Well I'll be reading them," POTUS said.

More in a few mins.

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