Donald Trump condemned for using 'I hear you' cue card in meeting with Florida shooting survivors

Tom Powell

Donald Trump has been condemned for holding a cue card reminding him to offer sympathy when he met survivors and families of the Florida school massacre.

The president took the card into a listening session at the White House, which was organised after 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland last Wednesday.

The officially marked card also included the phrases: “What would you most want me to know about your experience?" and "What can we do to help you feel safe?"

A picture of the card in Mr Trump’s hands drew widespread criticism online, with many accusing him of feigning empathy.

The president was joined by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the listening session (AP)

Hillary Clinton’s political advisor, Adam Parkhomenko, wrote: "Trump brought Cliff notes to the gun violence listening session. Final note 'I hear you'".

Twitter user Cveronica wrote: "What kind of person needs notes to show empathy to children who were under heavy fire from a maniac? Kids who lost 17 people in the time it took the killer to aim his rapid fire AR15".

Another person added: "Trump needed a cheat sheet written by someone else to remind him to say “I hear you” to people affected by gun violence."