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These 11 Tweets Perfectly Sum Up What Happened When The Pope Met Trump

On Wednesday, President Trump and co. met up with Pope Francis in an early morning affair at the Vatican. Speculation leading up to the event was rampant: Would the Pope be nice to Trump? Would the president get into another awkward encounter? In the past, President Trump has not shied away from taking Twitter shots at the Pope. The Pope, on the other hand, has said he would reserve judgment on Trump until actually meeting him. While the meeting between the two was largely uneventful, a single photo appeared online and immediately became the meme of the day. Let’s take a closer look.

Here’s the photo of Pope Francis and President Trump that has everyone talking.


Notice anything about the Pope’s face?

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Pope Francis has seen some heavy stuff in his day — famine, war, natural disasters, etc — but this is the face he made when meeting President Trump. Pope Francis looked like I look when I have to sit through Sunday mass.

When the photo was posted online, Pope Francis’ less-than-enthused face went viral.

Everyone was trying to figure out what was going on in Pope Francis’ head when the photo was taken.


Full Frontal tweeted: “Can you please not post this on any social media? I don’t want my boss seeing.” Pope Francis

Some brought up the warm reception Pope Francis has given to previous world leaders.

Four pics are worth a billion words. #pope #trump #trumppope #vatican #barackobama

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Pope Francis was able to smile with Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and even Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto.

Pope Francis is known for his warm, affable smile.


Usually.

VICE marveled at how sad “the happiest Pope” had become in Trump’s presence.


It’s as if the Pope didn’t hear the word, “cheese.”

The Pope’s reaction reminded people of Michelle Obama at Trump’s inauguration.

#trumppope #Trumpvatican #trumpmemes

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The Pope and Michelle should hang out.

A few cracked jokes about Pope Francis performing an exorcism on President Trump.


In a reference to The Exorcist, @Crutnacker tweeted:

Why do you keep saying “the power of Christ compels you” and hitting me with water?

Pope: Testing a theory.

@BarryMalone76 joked about converting to Catholicism.


Some Catholics thoroughly loved Pope Francis’ reaction.


@ritabites tweeted:

the pope looking so pissed to be next to trump is making being catholic almost worth it.

There was speculation on possible conversations in the room.


@RedTRaccoon tweeted:

Pope Francis, “Who died?”

Ivanka, “Freedom, peace, and hope.”

The awkward encounter was the perfect “Curb Your Enthusiasm” moment.


Of course, one person was super excited about the meeting.


@realDonaldTrump tweeted:

Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined to pursue PEACE in our world.

READ: President Trump Is Touring Around The World And Social Media Is Eating It All Up

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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In a move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration, Trump has moved to put Cuba back on the list of nations that allegedly sponsor terrorism.

Obama had taken Cuba off of that list in 2015 and with four years to Cuba back on the list, many agree that Trump has simply put Cuba back on the list to make life difficult for President Biden.

The Trump administration has put Cuba back on the list of countries that “sponsor terrorism.”

With just days left in office, Trump has moved to label Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism” in a last-minute move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo justified the controversial move which reverses Barack Obama’s 2015 decision to remove Cuba from the list after more than three decades – by accusing Havana of “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists”.

Pompeo also alleged Cuba was engaging “in a range of malign behavior across the region”, highlighting its support for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro who Trump has unsuccessfully tried to overthrow.

The controversial step places Cuba alongside Iran, North Korea and Syria as state sponsors of terror.

However, most officials agree that Trump’s claims about Cuba are bogus.

Many international observers – including U.S. allies – aren’t impressed by the administration’s claims that Cuba is sponsoring terrorism.

In an interview with The Guardian, Christopher Sabatini, a senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House, said “These are trumped up charges. Terrorism as an international definition is committing acts of violence against unarmed civilians intended to frighten the population. Cuba doesn’t do that. Yes, it represses its own people – but so does Saudi Arabia.”

Groups that favor greater U.S. engagement with Cuba criticized the announcement.

“There is no compelling, factual basis to merit the designation,” according to Ric Herrero, executive director of the Cuba Study Group, a Washington DC-based organization that supports engagement with the island. “Instead it appears to be another shameless, last-ditch effort to hamstring the foreign policy of the incoming Biden administration and set the stage for the next election in Florida, all at the expense of the Cuban people and relations between our countries.”

Many observers agree that Trump’s move is simply a gift to party hardliners in Florida, and likely a deliberate attempt to make life difficult for the incoming Biden administration who may wish to end deténte with Cuba.

Of course, Cuban officials reacted angrily to the announcement.

After the announcement, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez tweeted: “We condemn the US announced hypocritical and cynical designation of #Cuba as a State sponsoring terrorism. The US political opportunism is recognized by those who are honestly concerned about the scourge of terrorism and its victims.”

Reversing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s action would require the Biden administration to certify to Congress that there has been a fundamental change in leadership in Cuba and that the government is not supporting acts of international terrorism, has not for the previous six months and will not do so in the future.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Star Offers Reward To Find Who Mutilated A Manatee With The Name ‘Trump’

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Star Offers Reward To Find Who Mutilated A Manatee With The Name ‘Trump’

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Just when we thought Trump supporters couldn’t disgust us more, one disfigured a manatee by etching “Trump” into its back.

Sadly, last week, a manatee was found in Florida’s Homosassa River with the name “Trump” scratched into its back. The discovery has prompted federal officials to open an investigation into the disfigurement of the threatened species.

A mutilated manatee was found over the weekend with the name Trump scratched into its back.

According to a report published by the Citrus County Chronicle, it is unclear when and how the manatee was mutilated. It is also unknown whether the current investigation has made any leads in regards to the perpetrators. Still, footage of the abused animal has sparked outrage online.

Douglas Nowacek, a professor of Conservation Technology at Duke University told Vice that the incident is “one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen done to a wild animal.” In a separate email, Ruth Carmichael, a Senior Marine Scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and a Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama described the act a “horrific” to VICE saying “I have no words to express how deeply troubling, thoughtless, and potentially cruel this is.” 

Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista has offered a $20,000 reward to anyone who finds the person who etched “Trump” into the Florida manatee’s back.

Bautista offered the reward on Twitter, writing “if there’s not already a reward for the arrest and conviction of the low life scummy MAGATs that did this I’ll throw in $20,000. And I promise there will be bonuses to that reward!”

Marine biologists say that it is unclear just how much harm the mammal endured.

“It’s a little hard to see the extent of damage from the video,” Carmichael explained. “It is harassment regardless. If the scrape penetrates the skin, then it likely caused some pain and stress. The animals have nerves and sensory hairs in the skin. Additionally, open wounds could become infected.” 

According to Graham Worthy, Department Chair and Pegasus Professor at the University of Central Florida who spoke to VICE the letters could mostly be shallow, and may mostly be algae scraped off the animal’s back making“ injury would be virtually non-existent.”

Still, physically hurt or not, the manatee in question was clearly harassed by a person. As such the perpetrator could face severe penalties if found. 

“Violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act may result in fines of up to $100,000 and one year’s imprisonment for individuals and up to $200,000 for organizations,” Worthy told Vice. “It is illegal to approach and make contact with these animals let alone deface or injure them. It is illegal to feed or harass wild marine mammals including dolphins, porpoises, whales, seals, sea lions, and manatees. You are not allowed to feed, swim with, or harass these marine animals… They should be observed from a distance of at least 50 yards.”

The mutilated manatee is a West Indian manatee and is a herbivorous mammal found in coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Up until 2017, the species was considered endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, conservation status is listed as “threatened.”  

As many users of social media have noted, perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of the images that humans already cause so much pain and suffering to innocent animals. When does it stop?

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