It is noted that Bartholomew was pleased with the meeting.

“The President is a believer, a person with a vision, and we know that he, with his considerable power, will make a contribution in this wonderful country and around the world with the best leadership and direction,” the patriarch said.

Bartholomew also met with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

On September 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that the US was reportedly attempting to create an autocephalous non-canonical church in Belarus.