Whatever happens at President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Pope Francis later this month, it probably won’t include the passionate embrace one artist recently conjured up.
A life-size mural depicting the pontiff ardently kissing the U.S. president appeared on a wall near the Vatican on Thursday, Reuters reported. The pope is illustrated with a saintly halo and a crucifix around his neck. Trump appears with a gold watch, a pistol and devil horns sprouting out of his head.
The two men are locked in a steamy, mouth-to-mouth kiss.
A caption written on the sash of the pope’s cassock reads “The Good Forgives the Evil.” The piece is signed “TVBoy,” believed to be Italian street artist Salvatore Benintende, who has done a number of kiss-related murals in the past.
Francis and Trump are scheduled to meet at the Vatican on May 24 while the president is on a tour of Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium. It will be the first time the men meet in person after trading insults on social media and in interviews over the last year.
TVBoy imagined the meeting going something like: “Angel Francis forgives the Devil Trump in Rome just before the G7,” the artist wrote on Instagram, referring to the summit of world powers the president will attend in Italy.
Perhaps, TVBoy. Perhaps.
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