WATCH: Donald Trump Meets Pope Francis, Is Determined to ‘Pursue Peace in Our World’

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President Donald Trump and Pope Francis put aside their differences on Wednesday in a face-to-face meeting at The Vatican. It was the first time Trump met Pope Francis, who had been critical of plans to build “walls not bridges.”

Trump first met with Pope Francis early in the morning in Italy, just before 9:00 a.m. local time. The President and First Lady Melania Trump had a private audience with the Pope and photos were taken. During the meeting, the Pope Francis asked Trump to be a peacemaker and urged him not to forget his message of peace.

According to the White House pool report, Trump and the Pope exchanged gifts. Trump gave the Pope three first edition books of Martin Luther King Jr.’s writings. The set included Stride Toward Freedom (1958), The Measure of a Man (1959), The Strength to Love (1963), Why We Can’t Wait (1964) and Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967).

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The Pope gave Trump the three books he traditionally gives visiting heads of state – Amoris Laetitia, Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si. He also gave Trump a World Day of Peace medal, which he signed “personally” for Trump.

The White House pool reporters also noticed that the Pope asked Melania an interesting question. “What do you give him to eat, potizza?” the Pope asked, referring to a Slovenian dessert.

Pope asks Trump to be peacemakerU.S. President Donald Trump met Pope Francis, one of his most high profile critics, at the Vatican on Wednesday and after an exchange of gifts he promised he would not forget the pontiff's message during their half-hour discussion. Mia Womersley reports. Subscribe: More updates and breaking news: Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis.

After the meeting, Trump also shared a video and said he is now “more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.”

Trump and the Pope had a frosty relationship before, as the Pope appeared to be critical of Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexico border and said anyone who wants to build a “walls not bridges” is “not Christian.” Trump called the Pope’s comments “disgraceful,” but he told CNN days later that he didn’t really want to have a fight with His Holiness. The Pope’s representatives later said he was only speaking generally.

“I don’t think this is a fight,” Trump told CNN. “I think he said something much softer than was originally reported by the media.”

Raw: President Trump Meets Pope FrancisPope Francis and President Donald Trump met at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City on Wednesday. Trump's audience with the pontiff comes midway through his 9-day international trip. (May 24) Subscribe for more Breaking News: Get updates and more Breaking News here: Find the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump's latest press conferences, announcements, speeches and highlights here: The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content – we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. Subscribe:

Trump’s visit with the Pope came right in the middle of his first overseas trip as President. During the first half, Trump’s theme was pursuing peace among three of the world’s major religions, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. After visiting with the Pope, his trip turns political. He’ll attend a NATO summit in Brussels before returning to Italy for the G7 summit in Sicily.