Think both things are equally bad to say in that situation. as you say demonstrating his feeling might have been better.
Now this one some modder can certainly do when Redkit come out :devil:
:geraltsad: Triss?! I thought --
:envy: So did i. But i change my mind
*Geralt walk to Triss then hug her*
:geraltfeelgood: thank you Triss
:faith: Dijkstra, no offense, but....