Tension between the Pope and the President

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May 24, 2017 By Zeke J. Miller zeke-miller President Trump met with Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican Wednesday morning on the latest stop of his inaugural foreign trip. Trump and Francis had exchanged insults during the presidential campaign, and some of the pontiff’s recent statements have been viewed as critical of the new American leader’s policies toward immigrants and others. While the two leaders were all smiles in the meeting, there were signs of underlying tension, as the Pope presented Trump with a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for major cuts to fossil-fuel emissions and for protecting the environment. It comes as Trump weighs whether to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate accords, which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said is still up for debate. Why Trumps can’t end the Russia probe. Explaining Trump’s call for cuts to disability insurance. And Flynn subpoenaed again. Here are your must reads:
Must Reads
White House Gears Up for Prolonged Russia Fight
Trump to hire outside counsel [CNN] If Kushner Has a Mideast Peace Plan, It’s a Secret So Far
Little to show after Trump visit [Reuters] Trump’s Path to a Balanced Budget Paved With Accounting Gimmicks
Fake cuts and rosy growth [Bloomberg] After Past Clashes, President Trump and Pope Francis Meet in the Vatican
An awkward meeting [Associated Press] Why President Trump Can’t Stop the Russia Investigation
In May 2016, a Russian military intelligence officer talked too much, TIME’s Massimo Calabresi reports
Sound Off
“It’s not what most people consider to be Social Security." — Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on why Trump could target Social Security Disability Insurance for cuts without violating his pledge not to touch Social Security “What do you give him to eat? Potizza?" — Pope Francis to First Lady Melania Trump on the president’s diet. “Potizza?" Trump replied, “Yes!"
Bits and Bites
How Trump’s aides pulled off Middle East tour [Politico] Hillary Clinton Slams President Trump’s Proposed Budget: ‘Unimaginable Level of Cruelty’ [TIME] Senate Intelligence Committee Will Subpoena 2 of Michael Flynn’s Businesses [Associated Press] Former CIA Director ‘Concerned’ About Contacts Between Trump Campaign and Russia [TIME] Read What Trump and Other Presidents Wrote in the Guest Book at Yad Vashem [TIME] Pope Lends Weight to G-7 Push to Bind Trump to Climate Deal [Bloomberg] Trump calls Kim Jong Un a ‘madman with nuclear weapons,’ according to transcript of Duterte call [Washington Post] Despite Pledge, Trump Organization Fails to Track All Foreign Government Payments [NBC]
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