Samantha Fuentes, a student who survived the February 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, had some harsh words for President Donald Trump, who she said called her on the phone while she was recovering in the hospital.
Fuentes told The New York Times she did not feel comforted by Trump, who she said seemed insincere during their phone conversation.
“He said he heard that I was a big fan of his, and then he said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours, too.’ I’m pretty sure he made that up,” Fuentes told The Times in a story published Thursday night.
“Talking to the president, I’ve never been so unimpressed by a person in my entire life,” Fuentes said. “He didn’t make me feel better in the slightest.”
She said Trump called the suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, a “sick puppy,” and said “‘oh boy, oh boy, oh boy,’ like seven times,” the newspaper reported.
The self-centered president has struggled to show empathy during national tragedies that have happened since he took office. That became evident during his visits with victims of Hurricane Harvey in September 2017, an October visit with survivors of the massive storm that ravaged Puerto Rico, and after an ambush in Niger that killed four US Army Special Forces troops that same month.