WASHINGTON (AP) – Sean Spicer lastly acquired to satisfy the pope.
The previous White Home press secretary attended an viewers with Pope Francis Sunday as a part of an annual assembly of the Worldwide Catholic Legislators Community, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed Tuesday.
A photograph posted on the Vatican Radio’s English Fb web page from the occasion exhibits Spicer sitting within the entrance row, taking pictures of the pope together with his telephone. Others present a person dropping to his knee and proposing to his girlfriend in entrance of the pope.
Spicer, who’s Roman Catholic, had been left off an inventory of White Home officers who had the prospect to satisfy with Francis in Might when Trump visited the Vatican. The omission struck many as a slight by Trump towards the embattled aide and drew sympathy on social media.
Spicer’s presence on the Vatican viewers was first reported by America, the Jesuit journal.
Spicer introduced his resignation final month, however stays on the White Home payroll by way of the top of August.
In saying the viewers Sunday morning, the Vatican press workplace stated the pope gave a “temporary greeting” to the 250 or so members gathered within the Clementine Corridor, one of many principal reception rooms within the Apostolic Palace.
It did not launch the complete textual content of his remarks, however each Vatican Radio and the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, stated the pope delivered a message that included his traditional name for lawmakers to “construct bridges” between totally different political views. He additionally implored the gathered lawmakers to work for the poorest and most marginalized individuals of their nations – “particularly the various who’re constrained to go away their nations.”
Trump criticized the pope throughout his 2016 presidential marketing campaign after Francis stated that anybody who needs to construct a wall – as Trump had promised to do alongside the southern border with Mexico – was “not Christian.” Trump responded by slamming the pope as a “very political” one that did not perceive the state of affairs.
The 2 appeared to bury the hatchet throughout their Might assembly, when the pope joked with first woman Melania Trump about what she was feeding her husband.
Spicer and the White Home didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark concerning the go to.