President Donald Trump addressed the nation following the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA Wednesday in which five people were wounded – including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
Speaking from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, the President reported that the assailant, James T. Hodgkinson, died at the hospital following the attack.
He then reported that Scalise, whom he called “a very good friend” was “badly wounded” but is now in stable condition.
The President went on to praise the heroism of two Capitol police officers who took down the assailant and were themselves shot as result.
“Many lives would have 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,” Trump said.
Trump concluded his brief remarks with a call for unity.
“We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans and our children can grow up in a nation of safety and peace,” Trump said. “And we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”
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