Waffle House Hero's Chat With Trump Sounds Like It Wasn't Worth The Wait

The hero who tackled a gunman at the Waffle House shooting in Nashville has described his belated phone call with President Donald Trump as "lackluster."

James Shaw Jr., 29, spoke with the president on Monday, a month after he saved lives by wrestling a gun from the hands of a shooter who killed four people and injured four others including Shaw.

Speaking in an interview with TMZ that was released on Wednesday, Shaw said of his chat with Trump: "The conversation was a little lackluster, to be honest with you."

"I know he's very busy with what's going on in the world. And like I said, I did this for no recognition at all, so I do thank him for calling me out of his busy schedule," he added.

The White House confirmed on Monday that the president had spoken with Shaw, USA Today reported, although it did not release any details of the conversation between the pair.

It is also not clear whether Shaw received an invitation to the White House, which press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested the president would be extending to Shaw when the pair finally spoke.

The president had previously faced calls to contact or meeting with the hero, who also set up a GoFundMe page to help the families of the shooting victims following the attack, The Independent reported.

Shaw himself has previously played down his heroic actions, claiming he was acting in order to make it harder for the shooter to target him.

"I want you all to know and I'll say this again: I didn't actually do it to save people; I did it just to save my life. And in me saving my life, I saved other lives, and I think that's probably one of the greatest things you can do," he said in a press conference.