In the wake of a school shooting which left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida, the White House held a listening session with President Trump and the victims and parents of gun violence in schools on Wednesday.
Apparently, Trump needed some notes on how to sound like a compassionate human.
While it’s not uncommon for a president to have notes, especially during a sensitive session such as talking to survivors of a deadly mass shooting, Trump accidentally flashed one of the sheets to the room, and it was essentially a list of compassionate responses written by someone other than the president. (Trump reportedly writes in uppercase letters.) Photographer Chip Somodevilla managed to snap part of the list for Getty Images.
Below are three of the notes scribbled on Trump’s list. Trump’s hands are blocking notes numbered three and four.
1. What would you most want me to know about your experience?
2. What can we do [to] help you feel [safe]?
5. I hear you.
Trump faced heavy criticism last week when he posed for smiling photos after meeting with victims and first responders from last week’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. It’s not surprising someone from his team would pass him some notes, especially considering his tendencies to go off script.
Trump can be seen picking up the paper, after asking the room if they had any solutions to combat gun violence in school, though it’s unclear if he read any of the responses off the list.
Regardless, when the photo was revealed, plenty of people on Twitter had some criticisms for the president.
Also it’s sad someone else wrote it for him.
— Demeralda (@demeralda) February 21, 2018
They aren’t even his own thoughts. It’s obviously not his handwriting. Someone in the WH had to write the notes for him.
— SRVOTER (@Mr_B_2014) February 21, 2018
well, we know he has no empathy of his own.
at least his handlers wrote down some of the things he should have.
— Patrick McClure (@BPatton88) February 21, 2018