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How I got that photo of Trump’s notes

, by Lauren Easton

When President Donald Trump met with high school students, teachers and parents affected by school shootings at the White House on Wednesday, he was photographed holding handwritten notes.

The last note on the page, obscured in some images, was captured by AP Washington photographer Carolyn Kaster. It read: “I hear you.”

Kaster explained how she got that photo:

Why did you focus on the paper President Trump was holding? Could you read what was written from your position?

The big picture can be in the small details.

I could see how President Trump was holding the notes and the large writing — what I thought were talking points. He held them for a few moments before putting them back in his pocket. That’s when I took this image.

President Donald Trump holds notes during a listening session with high school students and teachers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

What strikes you most about the image?

There are times when the details come in an impactful way. The “I hear you” written on the card struck me. Especially after hearing the emotion in what the students and family members said.

Were you surprised by the response?

I was surprised by the response. It shows that people care and are invested.

Anything to add?

My job is to gather visual information to tell the story. It is so interesting what you see when you are paying attention beyond what is presented.