President Trump Recognizes Responding Heroes Who Thwarted GOP Assassination Attempt…

Earlier today President Trump recognized the hero first responders who thwarted the GOP assassination attempt at the congressional baseball practice. Video and Transcript below:

[Transcript] 3:25 P.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Please sit down. Thank you. And thank you to Vice President for doing a fantastic job and for the introduction. We welcome you all, members of Congress and distinguished guests. We are gathered here today for a very, very special occasion, as we pay tribute to real heroes whose courageous actions under fire saved so many lives in Alexandria, Virginia just six weeks ago.

On the morning of June 14th, several members of Congress began their day on the baseball diamond, practicing for one of this town’s greatest traditions — the annual charity Congressional baseball game. It was just another beautiful morning until the unthinkable happened. The familiar sounds of baseball were suddenly interrupted by loud, vicious gunfire.

Matt Mika, Zachary Barth, and beloved Congressman, and my friend, Steve Scalise were each shot during an attack. Others were injured trying to evade the incoming bullets, of which there were many.

Fortunately, from the moment that gunman began to shoot, he was met by return fire. Capitol Police Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner raced through the bullets — and that’s exactly what they did, they raced through the bullets — and immediately engaged the gunman.

Minutes later, members of the Alexandria Police Department arrived on scene. Officers Nicole Battaglia, Kevin Jobe, and Alex Jensen joined the fight. Special Agent Griner was shot in the leg — visited her in the hospital, she was hurt very badly — and shrapnel injured Special Agent Bailey as bullets swirled around him.

Despite their injuries, both officers heroically continued to face down the gunman until they brought him down. And he had rifles; they had handguns. That’s a big difference.

These officers saved the lives of every innocent person on the field that day — many of them friends of Mike and myself. They are American heroes and we salute them. (Applause.) Fantastic. That is so beautiful. Thank you.

We also salute the members of Congress who acted with such bravery in the face of danger, shielding each other and caring for the injured. We honor today the emergency dispatchers who directed the first responders to the scene within seconds. They really acted quickly.

I especially want to recognize all of the personnel from the Alexandria Fire Department and the U.S. Park Police Aviation Unit for providing life support in a crisis where every second mattered. Thank you for what you did that day and for what you do every single day. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

We also express our deep appreciation for the paramedics, doctors, nurses, and surgeons from MedStar Washington Hospital and George Washington University Hospital for saving the lives of the wounded.

Joining us today is Congressman Scalise’s medical team: Dr. Jack Sava — where’s Jack? Dr. Sava. Stand up, Jack. Come on. (Applause.) That’s beautiful. MedStar’s Director of Trauma Surgery, and Dr. Robert Golden, the Director of Orthopedic Trauma. Doctor, doctor — congratulations. (Applause.) They were a lot more worried that night at the hospital, weren’t they? Great job.

You have the gratitude of the entire nation. Thank you for caring for the victims and for your dear friend Steve — and he is our dear friend. Steve is a fighter. We’ve known that for a long time.

This week, he was been discharged from the hospital and is now beginning weeks of intensive rehabilitation at this rehab. He will recover. We are praying for him, we are pulling for him, and we are sending his family our support and our love.

Steve’s great wife — who I have gotten to know — Jennifer is here with us today, and we applaud the strength and courage that she has shown throughout this incredible ordeal. Thank you, Jennifer. (Applause.) Thank you, Jennifer.

Other Americans responded to this tragedy in ways that remind us how much stronger we are when we are united. When the Congressional baseball game was played just one day later, nearly 25,000 people turned out — by far, a record. They raised more than $1.5 million for charity — also, by far, a record. The citizens of Steve’s home parish organized a blood drive in his name, and Vice President Pence donated his blood at the Congressional blood drive. Thank you, Mike. (Applause.)

Just recently, House Republicans and Democrats introduced a bill to provide support to Capitol Police officers who are injured on duty. People have been looking at this for a long time. But Jennifer, you can tell Steve that he pulled it off, okay? That’s better than being a whip. I hope it gets to my desk soon. I will sign it immediately. (Applause.)

The assault on June 14th reminded us that evil exists in this world. But it also reminded us that heroes walk in our midst, that love triumphs over tragedy, and that our resolve is stronger than ever. We praise America’s law enforcement — and I’ve been praising them for a long time, they are unbelievable people — for doing a tough — for doing the tough jobs, the dangerous jobs, and sometimes thankless job with tremendous integrity, devotion, and courage. So I just want to thank law enforcement generally. Thank you. (Applause.)

I can only tell you from the campaign, the people love you, they respect you, and they admire you. So I know you go through a lot, but they have great admiration. So just remember that, please.

Today I am deeply honored to present our nation’s highest award for a public safety officer — the Medal of Valor to Special Agent Crystal Griner, Special Agent David Bailey; and Alexandria Police Department Officers Nicole Battaglia, Kevin Jobe, and Alex Jensen.

The Medal of Valor is reserved for those who go above and beyond the call of duty as each of these men and women did on that fateful day. And they did it with great courage, and they did it with instinct. When our human instincts tell us to run — there’s danger — our police and first responders run straight at it, standing in the breach, protecting the innocent, and keeping our loved ones safe.

Now I would like the military aide to read the citation, as these American heroes step forward to receive the Medal of Valor.

♦ MILITARY AIDE: Special Agent Crystal Griner. Medal of Valor presented to Special Agent Crystal Griner, U.S. Capitol Police District of Columbia, for bravery and composure while engaged in an active shooter incident. Despite being shot, Special Agent Griner placed herself in mortal danger to save the lives of members of Congress, attending family members, and congressional staff during a charity softball practice at Eugene Simpson Memorial Park in Alexandria, Virginia. (Applause.)

♦ Special Agent David Bailey. Medal of Valor presented to Special Agent David Bailey, U.S. Capitol Police District of Columbia, for taking brave and decisive action to subdue an active shooter. Special Agent Bailey was shot during the exchange of gunfire, but continued to advance the shooter without benefit of cover until the active shooter was subdued, saving the lives of members of Congress, attending family members, and congressional staff. (Applause.)

♦ Officer Nicole Battaglia. Medal of Valor presented to Officer Nicole Battaglia, Alexandria Police Department, Virginia, for demonstrating extraordinary courage in saving the lives of two U.S. Capitol Police officers, members of Congress, their families, and congressional staff. Officer Battaglia engaged the assailant, exchanging gunfire at close range and ultimately neutralizing him. (Applause.)

♦ Officer Alexander Jensen. Medal of Valor presented to Officer Alex Jensen, Alexandria Police Department, Virginia, for swift and valiant action in responding to an active shooter. Officer Jensen put himself in harm’s way during the active shooter incident, moving without cover and drawing fire from the assailant until the assailant was subdued and the safety of the members of Congress, their families, and congressional staff was ensured. (Applause.)

♦ Officer Kevin Jobe. Medal of Valor presented to Officer Kevin Jobe, Alexandria Police Department, Virginia, for placing himself in grave danger to protect two U.S. Capitol Police officers, members of Congress, their families, and congressional staff. Officer Jobe engaged an active shooter, neutralizing a volatile gunman, and preventing further injuries to innocent bystanders in the park. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Very brave people. Great people. Congratulations to all of you. We are forever in your debt. Thank you. God bless you. God bless our truly amazing law enforcement. And God Bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

END  – 3:44 P.M. EDT

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42 Responses to President Trump Recognizes Responding Heroes Who Thwarted GOP Assassination Attempt…

    • Lois says:

      Thank you President Trump, I always enjoy watching you and today was especially moving. God bless those heroes forever. I also enjoyed watching the President yesterday with the young people’s groups. He was so loving, so tender and so uplifting to them, he has such a soft side a lot of times. The President has the most charisma I have ever seen in a President! He just is so interesting to listen to and watch, you can’t take your eyes off of him! Also today, I am very upset, LINDSEY GRAHAM THREATENED THE PRESIDENT TODAY. DOES ANYBODY ELSE REALIZE THAT? HE SAID “ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE IF PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRES SESSIONS?” AND HE ALSO SAID A LOT OF THREATENING THINGS, LIKE THIS WILL HAPPEN TO THE PRESIDENT AND THAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PRESIDENT IF HE FIRES MUELLER TOO? THESE WERE DANGEROUS AND VISCIOUS THREATS BY LINDSEY GRAHAM, A REPUBLICAN GOING ALL THREATENING TO HIS PRESIDENT? LINDSEY GRAHAM SHOULD BE BROUGHT UP ON CHARGES OF THREATENING AND MENACING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? IF I WERE TO SAY SUCH THINGS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT OR OTHERS WOULD SAY SUCH THINGS THREATENING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT, WE WOULD ALL BE ARRESTED?
      PLEASE PRESIDENT TRUMP, STOP TERRIBLE PERSON, LINDSEY GRAHAM FROM THREATS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. HE IS THE BEST BUDDY OF JOHN MCCAIN, AND I KNOW McCain is also threatening to our President and our country. I don’t care if John McCain is sick, he has no right to vote against the President’s healthcare, he is definitely anti-Trump and anti-American doing that. But Lindsey Graham should be arrrested and charged with threatening the President as that is exactly what he did today.July 17, 2017. We must do something about these threats.they have to stop or our country is lost. No one is above the law for threatening and that is what Lindsey Graham did today.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Pam says:

    This ceremony is a must watch! It was very moving to watch these humble servants receive the rewards they risked their own lives for in order to save others. God bless them all.

    Liked by 11 people

  2. freepetta says:

    Heroes the lot of them!!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Katie says:

    I’m getting all teary watching this and I don’t even know why lol

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Donna in Oregon says:

    Yes! This! Honor the true heroes for risking their lives saving Capitol Hill n’er do wells. Good timing to remind the GOPe and the Liberal Globalists that they have an expiration date.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. akearn says:

    This brought tears, once again … thank you so much, POTUS!!! Thank you for posting, SD!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. 804hokie says:

    Our Real American President, is at his best, when in the company of other Fine Americans

    Liked by 5 people

  7. Publius2016 says:

    This “hit” failed by the grace of God! The Majority Whip, Rep. Scalise is third in line after VP and Speaker. So happy the gloves are off because the Nevertrumpers and RINOs have to show their true intentions. As the stunts in the Senate this week proves, 90% of the Congress is against America First! The American People may have to march on Washington to show their support for President Trump!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. DoggyDaddy says:

    Absolutely wonderful and inspiring!


  9. sunnydaze says:

    I loved watching this ceremony. Highly recommend.


  10. Kerry Gimbel says:

    It sure was inspiring to see these heroes instead of the jackal press


  11. reenahovermale says:

    God bless them all and God bless President Trump, his staff, and all their families.


  12. The Boss says:

    It was so great to watch real American heroes be recognized. These people are all rock stars.


  13. joshua says:

    Senate holdouts against the healthcare bill. McCain, Graham, and Johnson.
    total losers.
    McCain singing….Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Trump and Americans
    Linday Graham….do whatever Trump does not want you to do

    McCain needs to take the dirt nap that is waiting for him.


  14. Minnie says:

    Thank you, President Trump for honoring and recognizing the bravery of the few for the safety of many.

    You speak for all of us, sir, in acknowledging their heroism in the face of imminent danger.

    God bless those who serve ❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  15. NC PATRIOT says:

    Compare, in your mind, the difference in this ceremony, and ones done by O. PDJT shows himself to be caring, proud, and earnest, and very sincere. O always seemed so flip and in a hurry to get it over with.


  16. Rev.Bro. Generik Broderick says:

    VP Pence donated his own blood! This is the sort of thing that cuts right on through all the horse pucky. On so many levels. Just one example, he doesn’t have AIDS. Or a bunch of crazy drugs.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. JC says:

    Beautiful, solemn, fitting ceremony. Extraordinary acts of bravery recognized by our dignified President and Vice President. It means the world to me, personally, that our President does at least one thing every single day that makes me proud.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. platypus says:

    I disagree that these people should be lauded. They were supposed to protect Scalise and they almost allowed him to be killed. Just to be precise, it was their job to take out the shooter. By the time they engaged him, he fired over 50 rounds from a semi-automatic weapon. That is not immediate engagement, no matter what the president said.

    I love President Trump but somebody is feeding him lousy info. I hope he finds out at some point that he was misled.


  19. jmclever says:

    Needed to read this today. Deep breath. God is in charge!

    Liked by 2 people

  20. Nancy B. says:

    Watching this video was the spirit lifter I needed after reading repeal and replace had failed. Our President always speaks from the heart, and this ceremony was a great example of that. The LEOs and surgeons did what they were trained to do. Mrs. Scalise stood by her husband as she promised on her wedding day and comforted her children when she herself must have been so frightened. The ordinary and routine in an extraordinary circumstance became heroic, and the nation recognizes them for it and is grateful.


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