Trump Awards Medal of Valor to Police in Congressional Baseball Practice Shooting

Trump Awards Medal of Valor to Police in Congressional Baseball Practice Shooting”

During his first award presentation at the White House, President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Valor to U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey, the North Carolina Central University graduate who held back a gunman who opened fire on a group of Republicans as they practiced for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia earlier this summer.

"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 risky jobs, and sometimes thankless job with tremendous integrity, devotion, and courage", Trump continued.

Trump also recognized the doctors who treated and cared for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, severely wounded in the attack. He was discharged from a Washington hospital on Wednesday.

"Everyone who was at the ballpark that morning owes their lives to the selfless and fearless actions of these heroes, and I can not thank them enough", Scalise said in a statement.

He noted the disadvantage the first responders faced, saying the gunman "had rifles, they had handguns". David, Crystal, Nicole, Kevin, and Alexander all have families of their own, yet they courageously confronted and stopped the shooter.

"They raced through the bullets", Trump said. "They raced through the bullets and immediately engaged the gunman". "Everyone who was at the ballpark that morning owes their lives to the selfless and fearless actions of these heroes, and I can not thank them enough", Scalise said.

Trump said he's gotten to know Jennifer Scalise in the six weeks since the shooting. According to MedStar Washington Hospital, he will now begin "a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation". On Monday, Scalise phoned in to the weekly GOP whips' meeting, thanking everyone for their hard work and expressing appreciation for U.S. Capitol Police.

Griner was still on crutches from her injuries after James Hodgkinson fired on the team at an Alexandria park, seriously injuring Scalise and hurting four others, the Post said. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman. The rifle-wielding attacker had nursed grievances against President Donald Trump and the GOP. He has had several surgeries.

This is the first group of medals presented by Trump since he took office in January.

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