Trump struggles with consoler-in-chief role

President Donald Trump’s genius for going right at guts and grievances is the essence of his political appeal, but the absence of efforts to reach beyond his base has defined his presidency.

Being the consoler-in-chief requires empathy and the trust of the nation.

Thursday morning at the White House, in the wake of a rampage that left 17 people dead at a Florida high school, President Donald Trump offered a deliberate but emotionless reading of a carefully written speech that lacked any of the typical flourishes of words he’s written himself.

He went through the motions, talking about being “joined together in the American family” and addressing scared children, telling them there are people “who will do anything at all” to keep them safe.

But Trump didn’t appear to group himself among those people, instead suggesting kids turn to teachers, family, police or faith leaders.

“It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference,” Trump said.

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