NCR Podcast: Trump in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Vatican City

Pope Francis poses for a photo with President Donald Trump, his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka Trump, accompanied by her husband, Jared Kushner, during a private audience at the Vatican May 24. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Brittany is joined by Jesuit Fr. Tom Reese to discuss President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia. Later, Melanie Lidman shares her experience reporting on Trump's visit to Israel, and Maureen Fiedler muses on Trump's meeting with Pope Francis.


Show Notes

  • What happens behind closed doors? Tom Reese on Trump and Saudi Arabia.
  • Before Francis and Trump met, Tom Reese wrote about the buzz surrounding the meeting.
  • No one could predict what would happen during Trump's visit to Israel.
  • The first two countries Trump visited don't share much, except for enmity against Iran.
  • Josh McElwee explains Vatican protocol for papal visits.
  • Francis' and Trump's past words offer insight on what they might discuss about the environment.
  • Don't expect a meeting with Francis to change Trump, says Michael Sean Winters.
  • In their meeting, Pope Francis asked Trump to work for peace.
  • In Israel, experts are skeptical that Trump will be able to translate his words into concrete action.
  • Pope Francis and President Trump probably didn't talk about the budget, writes Maureen Fiedler.

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