However, Trump has rarely put any thought to what he says - and instances where he has actually acted upon his words are even rarer.
"It was like talking to a toddler", she explained.
Trump spent more than an hour with families and local leaders at a coast guard station just outside Houston.
Students honored those that were killed by holding pictures of their faces while walking across the stage to receive their diplomas.
Trump "met with us privately and showed sincerity, compassion, and concern on making our schools safer across the nation", she wrote in a Facebook post after the meeting.
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"One thing that affects our mental health is the worry that we or our friends could get shot at school; can you tell me what administration has done, and will do, to prevent senseless tragedies?" the young boy asked.
Throughout the conversation, she added, he kept referring to the murderer as "wacky" and wouldn't stop talking about arming teachers. Her daughter, 14-year-old Kimberly Vaughn, was murdered at the Santa Fe High School shooting on May 18.
"These events are very tragic, whenever they happen". "And, you know, the president wants to extend his condolences and talk about the issue of school safety".
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen.
In another photo from Thursday, 17-year-old shooting victim Chris Stone is remembered on a ball cap worn by a family member as he appears to address the president.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the meeting, which was closed to reporters. Mr. Abbott said he would consider calling a special session of the Texas Legislature to implement his plan before the next school year starts in August. The Santa Fe shooter had taken the guns he used - a shotgun and a revolver - from his dad.More news: Trump can probably pardon himself, Giuliani says
But this "cop-out" fails to address school shooters in rural areas, where police can not be relied upon for an immediate response to a campus attack. These were necessary elements to Graduation Day, Santa Fe High School, 2018, in the country of the gun.
Hart also suggested to Trump that schools employ veterans as "sentinels", to keep watch over the students.
There has yet to be a similar outcry for restrictions on firearms from the students and survivors in deep-red Texas.
Rhonda Hart, an Army veteran, was one of the grieving parents Trump met on Thursday.
But there have been moments when Trump has displayed a softer side.
A handful of the recommendations involved gun safety in Texas - a state that embraces its gun-friendly reputation and has more than 1.2 million people licensed to carry handguns. "I can assure you I will never allow Second Amendment rights to be infringed, but I will always promote responsible gun ownership", Abbott said as he listed off pro-gun legislation he had signed and cases he fought as state attorney general.More news: Dog found dead in cargo hold on Delta Air Lines flight