Pope Francis Asks Melania What She Feeds the Donald. Her Answer: Pizza

First lady's answer draws laughter from the pontiff, who might have asked about a 'potizza', not a 'pizza'

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Pope Francis walks past First Lady Melania Trump and First Daughter Ivanka Trump at the end of a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017.
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Pope Francis and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump were caught joking about the president's culinary habits during a meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday.

"What do you give him to eat?" Francis asked Mrs. Trump as he shook her hand after his private meeting with the U.S. president.

"Pizza," replied the first lady, drawing laughter from the pope.

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It's unclear if the Pope said pizza – the famous Americanized Italian dish – or potizza – a Slovenian nut roll dessert. Regardless, Melania answered with the former.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pass a Swiss Guard as they arrive at the Vatican, May 24, 2017.
Pope Francis (R) exchanges gifts with US President Donald Trump (C) and US First Lady Melania Trump during a private audience at the Vatican on May 24, 2017.
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 24, 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pass a Swiss Guard as they arrive at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. Credit: JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS
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Pope Francis (R) exchanges gifts with US President Donald Trump (C) and US First Lady Melania Trump during a private audience at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. Credit: ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/AFP
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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. Credit: ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS
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The president looked uncomfortable as he entered a small elevator taking him to the pontiff's private study. Following the meeting, Trump, who seemed far more relaxed, told his host, "I won't forget what you said."

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