Speaking to reporters yesterday morning, Trump said they were going to have "a little fun" when he meets the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting.
So, did they have fun?
One parent whose son was killed at the school said Trump showed "compassion" and thanked Trump because "changes are coming for the good," but that's curious. We know there are no changes coming and another parent whose daughter was killed at the school says Trump struggled to even carry on a conversation with them.
From the Associated Press:
Rhonda Hart, whose 14-year-old daughter, Kimberly Vaughan, was killed at the school, told The Associated Press that Trump repeatedly used the word 'wacky' to describe the shooter and the trench coat he wore. She said she told Trump, "Maybe if everyone had access to mental health care, we wouldn't be in the situation."
Hart, an Army veteran, said she also suggested employing veterans as sentinels in schools. She said Trump responded, "And arm them?" She replied, "No," but said Trump "kept mentioning" arming classroom teachers. "It was like talking to a toddler," Hart said.
As it turns out, Trump also didn't exactly travel to meet the victims.
The victims were forced to travel to the Houston airport to meet him inside a Coast Guard hangar. Trump then quickly departed the airport for a high-dollar fundraiser.
[Texas Governor Greg Abbott] joined Trump for the short ride in the presidential limousine to a Coast Guard hangar where the meeting took place.
Trump then headed to a fundraiser at a luxury hotel in downtown Houston, the first of his two big-dollar events in Texas on Thursday. A White House official did not immediately respond to requests for details about how much money was to be raised, and who was benefiting, from the fundraising events.
This was not a special trip to meet victims. He would have been there even if there weren't a shooting.