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Trump Shooting Speech

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Trump Shooting Speech

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Donald Trump gave a speech in the wake of Wednesday’s congressional shooting. Watch the president address the nation in the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, GOP congressmen and staffers were gathered at a field in Alexandria to practice for tomorrow’s bipartisan baseball game, which is an annual tradition. A gunman identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Illnois opened fire on the group, before being subdued. Among those shot were Rep. Steve Scalise, who is now hospitalized, along with a reported four other injured people.

Celebrities reacted to the shooting on social media, as did Trump, who tweeted, “Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.” He also said in a formal statement released by the White House, “The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”

Now speaking from the Diplomatic Room in the White House, Trump began by saying, “As you all know, shortly after 7 a.m. this morning, a gunman opened fire on members of Congress and their staffs as they were practicing for tomorrow’s annual charity baseball game. Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime, and the assailant has now died from his injuries.”

The president confirmed the FBI is leading the investigation and “will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.” He then went on, “Congressman Steve Scalise, a member of House leadership, was shot and badly wounded and is now in stable condition at the hospital, along with two very courageous Capitol police officers. At least two others were also wounded. Many lives would’ve been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault.”

“Melania and I are grateful for their heroism and praying for the swift recovery of all victims,” Trump said, adding, “Congressman Scalise is a friend and a very good friend. He’s a patriot, and he’s a fighter. He will recover from this assault. And Steve, I want you to know, you have the prayers of not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation and frankly, the entire world. America’s praying for you and America’s praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting.”

He noted he spoke with Scalise’s wife and “pledged” his “full and absolute support.” He then again praised those who stepped in during the incident. “Our brave Capitol police perform a challenging job with incredible skill, and their sacrifice makes democracy possible. We also commend the brave first responders,” Trump said, pointing out, “Everyone on that field is a public servant: Our courageous police, our congressional aides who work so tirelessly behind the scenes with enormous devotion, and our dedicated members of Congress, who represent our people.”

Trump said, “We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember everyone who serves in our nation’s Capitol is here because above all they love our country.” He added, “We can all agree we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”

As he concluded, Trump said, “Please take a moment today to cherish those you love and always remember those who serve and keep us safe. God bless them all, god bless you, and god bless America.” This is the first time Trump, who turned 71 today, has had to respond to a mass shooting in his presidency. Watch the full remarks in the video below.

 


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