When President Donald Trump met with survivors of gun violence Wednesday for a listening session, he carried with him a brief list of talking points -- not an unusual sight. But closeup photos of Trump's note card showed what many have long suspected: the president requires help showing sympathy to others.
Of the five points listed, the final reminder was "I hear you".
Close-up pictures of the note revealed that it had five points, of which the first was a reminder to ask the question: “What would you most want me to know about your experience”. The second question listed is “What can we do to make you feel safe?”
The president’s note also prompted Trump to ask survivors for their ideas, or what resources they think might be needed.
But the last line, "I hear you", is receiving the bulk of the criticism directed at Trump for using such a card. His detractors say it shows that the president is unable to show sympathy or empathize, even in a situation where people have recently lost loved ones and friends, and feared for their own lives.
Trump did not appear to directly use any of the questions or phrases on the card at the meeting, but did thank those who had attended. “Thank you for pouring out your hearts,” Trump said “because the world is watching and we’re going to come up with a solution.”