White House Says Vatican's Angst Over Guest List Won't Sour Pope's Visit

The White House says the Vatican's unease over guests won't sour pope's visit

“Oh my goodness, no,” Jarrett told ABC News when asked whether the reports of the Vatican’s restlessness has taken away from the pope’s historic trip. “There's so much excitement. I think the crowd reflects the diversity of our country. Everyone who is coming is excited about the opportunity to be in his presence, and so I think that this visit means a great deal to America.”

The Vatican last week expressed discomfort over some of the guests who are expected in attendance -- reportedly concerned by the optics that could be created if the pope is photographed with transgender activists, the first openly gay U.S. Episcopal bishop or a nun who will be on the South Lawn for the ceremony on Wednesday morning.

“There are many issues that the president shares in common with the pope and he looks forward to welcoming [him] here for his very first visit to the United States today, and having an impressive 15,000 group reception for him tomorrow,” she said. “It's one of the things that the president reflected on after his last visit is how easy their conversations were and they have great chemistry.”

Jarrett admits that the administration has “a lot going on” but says “everybody’s working cooperatively together” – especially the president’s fourth social secretary in six and a half years, Deesha Dyer.

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