The Pope Epically Trolled Trump's Cowardice with this Incredible Gift

The Pope Epically Trolled Trump’s Cowardice with this Incredible Gift

Trump Gets Pope-Slapped

Donald Trump visited the Vatican, Thursday. His audience with Pope Francis was visibly awkward, as the Pope, who is usually photographed smiling at public events, appeared to frown during a photo op. In case his displeasure wasn’t obvious, the Pope presented Trump with several gifts. One of them lit the internet ablaze with its blunt force irony.

Francis gave Trump a copy of his 192-page climate change encyclical, entitled Laudato Si, published by the Church in 2015, the Washington Post reported.

This is a very direct message to Trump, given the two men’s views on the issue. In terms of diplomatic symbolism, it’s like a Papal backhand across Trump’s orange cheek.

Trump’s views of climate change are … well, blindness. Trump has accused China of inventing the concept of climate change to make the US less competitive.

That goes beyond skepticism and into the realm of Melania realizing she needs to gain power of attorney to force an involuntary psychiatric evaluation on her husband. Trump’s view of climate change is patented lunacy. And as the occupant of the most powerful office in the world, Trump has launched a crusade against the rules and regulations accomplished by the Barack Obama administration to reduce America’s carbon footprint, among other damage to the environment. Now, he is poised to decide whether or not the US should stay in the Paris Climate Accord. Pulling out of that agreement would make the US something of an international pariah.

The Pope’s treatise on fighting climate change delved into policy specifics, including the development of renewable energy and safer agricultural products. He called for an alliance between religion and science to fight global warming. He cited the Bible, and rejected the long-held Catholic notion that man holds “dominion” over the earth. According to National Geographic, shortly after unveiling the encyclical, speaking in Bolivia, Francis said,

“Our common home is being pillaged, laid waste and harmed with impunity. Cowardice in defending it is a grave sin.”

Amidst the pomp and circumstance of the Holy See, the Pope strongly implied that Trump is committing a grave sin.

As for the encyclical and other books Francis gave him, Trump promised, “Well, I’ll be reading them.”

Watch Trump Meet the Pope:

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Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.