Notes held by Donald Trump during yesterday's meeting with school shooting survivors included a reminder to say "I hear you".
The President took the official White House cue card into the listening session, which was organised in the wake of last week's tragedy in Florida.
Many social media users hit out at President Trump for using the cheat sheet, accusing him of feigning compassion.
In emotional scenes, the 'listening session' saw students and parents urge Donald Trump to make gun control laws stricter and to take action to protect students in schools.
It followed America's latest mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which saw 17 people killed.
Students from there, along with survivors & parents of the Sandy Hook and Columbine shootings, pleaded for action.
Donald Trump responded with a proposal to give guns to teachers.
Floating the controversial prospect, he argued: "A teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They'd go for special training, and they would be there and you'd no longer have a 'gun-free zone'.
"A gun-free zone to a maniac, because they're all cowards... is 'let's go in and let's attack, because bullets aren't coming back at us'."
Addressing the group, President Trump also promised he would be "very strong on background checks" and would put an "emphasis on mental health".