Subject: WH pool report No. 1 — Vatican pre-set arrival
POTUS arrived for his highly-anticipated meeting w Pope Francis at 10:17
The arrival was open press, but for those who missed it, the motorcade
pulled into San Damaso, square courtyard at the Vatican. An American
flag flew below the clock and above a fountain where workers were
still laying red carpet when your pool was escorted in.
Greeters included Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the prefect of the
Pontifical Household and Gentlemen of his Holiness.
POTUS got out, shook hands w the archbishop, and the line of gentlemen
and proceeded w the archbishop to inspect a cordon of Swiss Guard who
stood on the side at attention. It was over in seconds and POTUS was
up the stairs for his audience w Pope Francis.
Minutes before POTUS’ arrival a helicopter arrived and hovered above
It’s a brisk 52 degrees here w a chilly wind
Per the WH, AUDIENCE WITH THE POPE – VATICAN
MEETING WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO THE VATICAN
White House Correspondent