Chief of Staff for former Vice President Joe Biden, Ron Klain said empathy does not come naturally to President Donald Trump and thinks it showed during his visit to Texas.
“I think what we’re seeing is really how unnatural empathy is to President Trump just to be honest about it,” Klain said on MSNBC Wednesday. “Not just in this situation but in other situations where we’ve lost soldiers overseas. And we’ve seen the other kind of situations where the president is usually ‘consoler-in-chief.’ It doesn’t come naturally to President Trump, and seven months in, he still doesn’t have it.”
Klain said Trump’s visit was different from other presidents, and he treated it more like a campaign rally than a disaster area.
“Look it is different than other presidents. Most presidents go to the situation. They console victims. They talk about the loss. They talk about people who are grieving. And President Trump appeared to step out of the firehouse and address what looked like a rally crowd,” he said.
Klain said that Trump blew his easiest chance to look presidential with the recovery and gave him poor marks for his handling of the crisis.
“Ironically yesterday’s appearance was the easiest test for him in this recovery. He didn’t do such a great job. I think we’re going to see what happens after that,” Klain concluded.
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