Melania Trump Had a Pretty Awkward Moment with the Pope

The pontiff was *not* making a joke about Trump eating too much pizza.

The Trumps meeting the Pope
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Melania Trump drew a complete blank when the Pope asked her what she had been feeding husband Donald.

The First Lady was meeting the pontiff in the Vatican when he politely inquired: "What are you feeding him, potica?"

According to a Vatican spokesperson (opens in new tab), Pope Francis was referring to his favorite nut-filled Slovenian cake, which he always brings up when he meets a fellow countryman. But Melania thought he had said "pizza," to which she quizzically repeated "pizza?", before laughing along and affirming, "Yes, pizza."

Which must have baffled her, because everyone knows Trump's a KFC man.

Some reporters in the room had initially thought the Pope was poking fun at the President's paunch, but it was, in fact, a joke he had prepared especially for Melania.

Trump had previously admitted (opens in new tab) that he "could lose a little weight," adding that he'd like to drop "15 to 20 pounds."

Meanwhile, the president and the Pope exchanged gifts, with Trump offering a box filled with books written by Martin Luther King, while the pontiff reciprocated with a large medallion that depicted an olive branch, Sky News (opens in new tab) reports.

"We can use peace," Trump replied.

The Pope also pointedly gave Trump some of his writings, including his recent plea to fight climate change, and the importance of protecting our environment.

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Naomi Gordon is news writer mainly covering entertainment news with a focus on celebrity interviews and television.