Trump needs cue-card to remind himself to be sympathetic to Florida massacre survivors

President Donald Trump met with the victims and families of the Florida high school massacre on Wednesday but there was one thing that stood out in the pictures taken at the meeting — a cue card.

The president was seen referring to a cue card held firmly between his hands to remind him to offer sympathy to the shooting victims.

A 19-year-old teenager, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire with his AR-15 rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people, which mostly included students and teachers. The survivors of the massacre, since the day of the incident last week, have consistently pushed for stricter gun control laws to avoid the incident from occurring again.

U.S. President Donald Trump bows his head in prayer during a listening session with students, parents and teachers in the State Dining Room at the White House February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

A picture of the event showed Trump holding what appeared to be a white piece of paper with the White House letterhead on it and a few pointers.

The pointers on the cue card were also clearly visible, where he put on a reminder to tell his guests: "I hear you." There were other questions on the card, which included: "What would you most want me to know about your experience?" and "What can we do to help you feel safe?"

Judging by the cue card in Trump's hands, it appeared that Trump needed to be reminded to tell his guests who were directly impacted by the shooting that he was listening to their concerns and felt sympathetic.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds his notes while hosting a listening session with students survivors of mass shootings, their parents and teachers in the State Dining Room at the White House February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

After listening to the concerns of some of the affected people, the president, at the same event, proposed to arm teachers and coaches of schools across the United States in a bid to avoid such massacres. He even mentioned bringing in Marines for protection.

"Let's say you had 20 percent of your teaching force because that’s pretty much the number," Trump said, describing how it might work. He continued, saying teachers with guns would be "adept at firearms" and would get "great training," according to reports.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) greets Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Jonathan Blank and his mother Melissa Blank (L) before hosting a listening session school shooting survivors. (Getty Images)

Trump also mentioned marines in the campus, saying that the marines would be armed on a sprawling school campus and would be "spread evenly" instead of having just a single security guard on ground.

The president, however, relented that his idea was a bit controversial saying: "We can understand both sides. Certainly, it's controversial."

The president continued to say that if the teachers and coaches on the campus were armed "that would have been the end of it" and that the shooter would "have been nabbed."

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) holds a listening session with students survivors of mass shootings, their parents and teachers in the State Dining Room at the White House February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

"To me there can be nothing worse than what you've gone through," the Republican president told the victims. He even mentioned bringing some reforms to the gun laws in the country.

Ever since the incident thousands of students from schools across the country have marched in protest of gun violence in the country and have advocated stricter gun laws. 

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