President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican during the first trip abroad of his presidency. The two leaders exchanged gifts, with Trump giving Pope Francis copies of books by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pope Francis returning the gesture with the gift of three documents he had written as well as his 2017 World Day of Peace message about nonviolence.
On Wednesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” author Paul Kengor joined Glenn Beck and the guys to talk about Trump’s big meeting with the pope. Kengor recently published the book “A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century,” which explored the close relationship between President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II.
Kengor contrasted their friendship with the sometimes tense relationship between Trump and Pope Francis. Reagan and Pope John Paul II were both powerful leaders who saw themselves as men of destiny battling Soviet communism. Today’s global threat is radical Islam, but Trump and Pope Francis don’t have that same sense of common mission in identifying the threat and agreeing on how to fight it.