Trump reveals 'cheat sheet' on empathy at meeting with shooting survivors

Trump reveals 'cheat sheet' on empathy at meeting with shooting survivors
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By Sallyann Nicholls
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The president accidentally revealed a cue card with scribbled phrases including "I hear you" during a meeting with school shooting survivors at the White House.


President Donald Trump is facing strong backlash after he exposed a cue card that reminded him to offer sympathy to the survivors and families of the Parkland, Florida, shooting massacre during a meeting at the White House. 

The marked paper included phrases: “What can we do to make you feel safe?” and “I hear you”, prompting widespread criticism online. 

X-Men actress and model Olivia Munn was among the critics, tweeting: “Really??? You have to be reminded to pretend to care?”

It was not immediately known who wrote the instructions on the cue card.

Former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, shot and killed 17 fellow students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, while 14 were taken to hospital. 

US President Donald Trump hosts a listening session with high school students and teachers to discuss school safety at the White House in WashingtonREUTERS

Survivors of the attack, including representatives of advocacy groups formed after the school shootings at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook, attended the listening session with Trump amid efforts to pressure the administration to tighten gun control laws in the United States.

Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos were also present.

Days after the school shooting, thousands gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to protest for stricter gun control legislation.

A National School Walkout is also being planned for next month, while another demonstration dubbed “March For Our Lives”, which calls for an end to gun violence and safer schools, has been set for March 24 in Washington DC.

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