Pope Francis seems like a good-natured guy. He smiles a lot in photos and preaches about saving the environment. And then he met Donald Trump. And now, one particular photo of Trump and Pope Francis launched a meme war that briefly dominated social media. It turns out that a lot of people have ideas about how the pope felt upon meeting The Donald, a man so unlike himself in so many ways, all thanks to the singularly sullen expression on the pontiff's face.
A photographer snapped the shot when the pope welcomed Trump and his entourage for their audience. It shows Trump in the middle flashing his trademark grin, with a dour-looking Pope Francis to his left and a seemingly exasperated Melania to his right. Next to Melania is Ivanka Trump, who looks like she put some thought into how one is supposed to appear when meeting with the Pope, and then held that expression. Both women, following Vatican protocol, are wearing modest black dresses with head veils — which has also drawn attention. What's most obvious, though, is how absolutely unimpressed the pope seems with the situation that the American people landed him in. On the bright side, however, the internet has done some wonderful things with it.
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The meeting seems to have left an impression on President Trump (which, let's be real, may or may not last beyond his next flight). Let's just hope that it won't have a similar impression on Pope Francis, and he'll be his smiling self again in no time.