Father Peter Vasko, OFM, and President of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land, also serves as the Holy Land liaison and guide for the White House through the US Embassy. As such, one of his responsibilities is to escort United States diplomats who visit the Holy Land.
Father Peter was, therefore, called upon to act as guide to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during their recent trip to the Holy Land. In the video below, Father Peter shares details of the time he spent with President and Mrs. Trump as he led them on a tour of the Holy Sepulchre, Calvary, and the anointing stone where Christ was anointed, as well as the Greek Orthodox office which holds a piece of the True Cross. Reflecting on his time with the president, Father Peter shares, “I believe he came as a pilgrim.”