Hope Hicks appears to have been behind Donald Trump’s much-mocked cue card reminding him to offer sympathy as he met with victims and families of the Florida high school massacre.
The former White House communications director’s handwriting, which has been spotted on a Valentine’s Day note to White House staff, appears to be almost identification to the note Trump was spotted holding during the meeting last month.
Both the Valentine’s note, which urged staffers to ‘Believe in LOVE’, and the list of talking points in Trump’s hand shared the same bubbled letters, written in printed rather than cursive text.
Identical: Hope Hicks appears to have been behind Donald Trump’s much-mocked cue card reminding him to offer sympathy to the Florida high school massacre victims, as the handwriting matches her Valentine’s Day note to staff
Hope Hicks, 29, who announced she is stepping down from her role as comms director, was spotted leaving the White House on Friday
Hicks, who announced plans to resign from her role in the White House on February 28, has not yet commented on the note.
But the president came under fierce criticism last month after a photo emerged of him holding the note, written on a White House letterhead, reminding him to listen to the concerns of the students who survived the shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School, in Parkland, Florida.
Point number five was a reminder to himself to tell his guests: ‘I hear you.’ Other questions that were also visible on the card included: ‘What would you most want me to know about your experience?’ and ‘What can we do to help you feel safe?’
Other questions that were also visible on the card included: ‘What would you most want me to know about your experience?’ and ‘What can we do to help you feel safe?’
Survivors of the Parkland shooting and their parents begged President Donald Trump to act on gun violence at at the tearful listening session at the White House. Here, he is seen listening to student body president, Julia Cordover
President Trump (left) shakes the hand of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors Carson Abt (center) and Ariana Klein (right) during a White House listening session on Wednesday
It seems the president had to remind himself to tell the dozens of guests who had been directly impacted by the shooting that left 17 dead, including 14 children, that he was listening to their concerns.
At the same event, the President put forward a proposal to arm up to a fifth of teachers.
Trump didn’t appear to actually use the visible prompts at any point during the meeting, but did remember to cast a tender tone.
‘To me there can be nothing worse than what you’ve gone through,’ he told the victims, before bringing up reforms to the system that his administration had backed publicly.
He told the survivors of the shooting and their parents that he grieved for them during the listening session at the White House, in which many of the guests implored the president to take immediate action on gun violence.
The meeting came as thousands of high schoolers held walkouts and protests around the country to bring attention to gun control.
Hicks announced plans to resign from the White House on February 28, after her boyfriend Rob Porter was accused of physically abusing his two ex-wives
Outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks, left, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, right, walked out of the White House in Washington, Friday
Parkland parent Andrew Pollack, who is an avid Trump supporter, told the president he was ‘pissed’ as he described his daughter Meadow’s horrific death to the president and other families present – she was shot nine times.
‘I’m very angry that this happened, because it keeps happening,’ the bereaved father said, declaring that 9/11 ‘happened once, and they fixed everything. How many schools, how many children have to get shot?’
After listening to parents like Pollack for some time, Trump said he’d be looking at making concealed carry permits available to teachers, which he admitted after asking for a show of support is certainly ‘controversial.’
Parents and students affected by the Sandy Hook and Columbine shootings were in the room, as well, alongside local teachers and students who put a spotlight on D.C.’s local crime problem.
The president spoke briefly at the top, and sympathetically asked questions several times in the middle of the meeting that aired live on national television.
Meanwhile Hicks, has continued working at the White House after she announced she would be stepping down from her post in the Trump administration last month.
President Trump was captured bowing his head during the White House listening session with families and victims of school shootings. He offered his grief and condolences to the victims and their families multiple times throughout the sit-down
Students of Coral Glades High School, a high school less than four miles from the Parkland shooting scene, hold signs as the participate in a school walk for gun law change
Her resignation came after the ousting of her boyfriend Rob Porter.
Porter resigned from his post after DailyMail.com revealed that he had been accused of physically abusing his two ex-wives in early February, a claim that the administration tried to initially deny.
That was on February 7, and since that time there have been five additional members of President Trump’s administration who have left their posts, including Hicks.
Economic adviser Gary Cohn was the next to go on March 6, and on March 12 President Trump’s personal aide John McEntee was escorted out of the White House by security.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Trump on Tuesday, and then hours later was followed by Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein.
That second firing was a result of the first, with reports emerging that Goldstein was let go for contradicting the administration’s version of events as it pertained to Tillerson’s exit.