Trump Honors GOP Shooting First Responders With Medal of Valor
President Donald Trump has honored the first responders to last month’s GOP shooting attack, presenting each with the Medal of Valor.
The ceremony was held Thursday afternoon in East Room of the White House.
“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,” Trump said.
Recognized were Capital Police special agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, both injured in the attack, and Alexandria Police Department officers Nicole Battaglia, Kevin Jobe and Alex Jensen.
“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,” Trump said. He continued,
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.
Trump also thanked law enforcement across the country for the work they do every day to keep the nation safe.
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 … for being tough, for doing the tough jobs, the dangerous jobs and, sometimes, the thankless jobs, with tremendous integrity, devotion and courage. I just want to thank law enforcement generally. Thank you.
Those injured in the attack also included lobbyist Matt Mika, legislative aide Zachary Barth and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded.
“Steve is a fighter,” Trump said of Scalise. “We’ve known that for a long time. This week, he was discharged from the hospital, and is now beginning weeks of rehabilitation at an inpatient facility. He will recover. We are praying for him, we are pulling for him, and we are sending his family our support and our love.”
Trump also noted the great outpouring of support in response to the tragedy.
“Other Americans responded to this tragedy in ways that remind us how much stronger we are when we’re united,” Trump said. “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.” There were also several blood drives organized in response to the attack.
Watch the full ceremony: