President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis today at the Vatican and gave the pontiff a sculpture made by Stuart artist Geoffrey Smith.
The White House said the sculpture is called “Rising Above” and described it as “a one-of-kind, hand-made bronze sculpture…(that) represents hope for a peaceful tomorrow, as it evokes two universal values: unity and resilience. The flowering lotus exemplifies the possibility for growth and triumph in the face of trying times.”
According to press pool reports, Trump also gave the pope a first-edition set of writings by Martin Luther King Jr. The White House said the set includes: 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).
Trump’s gifts also included a version of the “Stone of Hope” statue from the MLK Memorial in Washington and a piece of granite from the monument.