Trump Addresses Nation: ‘We Are Strongest When We Are Unified’

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.”

Photo: “President of the United States Donald J. Trump at CPAC 2017 February 24th 2017 by Michael Vadon” by Michael Vadon is licensed under CC BY

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  • tightwad

    Mohammed said “Allah is the greatest deceiver”. (Google it for yourself) Jesus said “Satan is the father of all lies”. Does it sound like they are both talking about the same character? I submit to you that Muslims are unwitting Satan worshipers. Jesus said a tree is known by its fruit. What are the fruits of Islam? Death, destruction, deceit, hate and suffering are obvious fruits of Islam. Doesn’t that sound like the work of the devil?

  • JohnDille

    In the current political climate, it’s rare to see any policy measure receive broad bipartisan support; the parties are simply too far apart on practically every issue. Yesterday, however, offered an exception.

    The Senate voted 97 to 2 in support of legislation imposing new economic sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s intervention in the American presidential election. The same measure, which now heads to the House, would block the White House from acting unilaterally on easing sanctions against Moscow – a move Donald Trump has reportedly considered more than once.

    For many Senate Republicans, this was literally the first time in 2017 in which they voted against Trump’s preference.

    There are a variety of interesting questions surrounding the bill – most notably, no one knows if the president would veto it – but let’s not miss the forest for the trees. The fact that the chamber took this action at all demonstrated something important: nearly every member of the Senate cares that a foreign adversary attacked our democracy, and they’re taking steps to do something about it.

    Donald Trump, meanwhile, seems indifferent, if not outwardly hostile, to the core details – which is difficult to accept at face value, and even harder to defend.

    Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, talked to CNN on Tuesday and expressed his frustration about Trump’s and his administration’s indifference. His comments were quite candid:

    “The other question [Attorney General Jeff Session] didn’t answer – I’ve got to say, it really, really disturbed me – and that is, ‘Have you looked into what the Russians did? Have you asked for any briefings? Do you understand the magnitude of what was done to us?’ And the answer was no.

    “And Jim Comey essentially said the same thing last week about the president. He had nine interactions with the president. The president never asked, ‘What did the Russians do? How did they do it? How do you know they did it?’ […]

    “[T]his is the most serious attack on our country since September 11. An adversary is aiming an arrow at the heart of our democracy. And these folks are just shrugging it off and saying, you know, ‘Let’s move on and talk about other issues.’ I understand their defensiveness on whether they were involved in it or not, but the fundamental story of what the Russians did – and that they’re still at it and will continue to be at it – is just being ignored, and it really bothers me when the Commander in Chief takes that position.”

    As it should.

    Jeff Sessions’ testimony highlighted Team Trump’s indifference, but it was the latest evidence of a larger pattern. A Politico piece noted after James Comey’s recent testimony that the “starkest aspect” of what Americans heard was “the president’s lack of curiosity about the long-running, deep-reaching, well-executed and terrifyingly effective Russian attack on American democracy…. The president is interested in his own innocence, or the potential guilt of others around him – but not at all in the culpability of a foreign adversary, or what it meant. This is utterly astonishing.”

    A week earlier, the Washington Post ran a piece from a former counterintelligence FBI agent who was “shocked” that Trump has “cared little about understanding either the magnitude of the Russian intelligence threat, or how the FBI might be able to prevent another attack in future elections.”

    The political circumstances are, to be sure, awkward. Trump is quite pleased with the result of Russia’s espionage operation against our democracy – it helped put him in the White House – and the greater the focus on the crime, the more reason Americans have to question the legitimacy of his presidency. It’s not surprising that Trump finds all of this terribly inconvenient.

    But the end result is nevertheless untenable. A foreign adversary attacked the United States, and the American president is inclined to do nothing – ask no questions, express no anger, seek no retribution, hold no one responsible – except welcome the foreign adversary’s officials into the Oval Office for a friendly chat, and satisfy the foreign adversary’s foreign policy goals.

    If Team Trump wants the public to believe there’s nothing to the Russia scandal, it should probably adopt a very different kind of posture in response to Russia’s efforts to subvert our political system.

  • tightwad

    You must be talking about Obama’s Fast and Furious activities which instructed the CIA to provide guns to mexican gangs and drug czars. Those guns were then used to kill our police, among others. Obama then referred to the family’s of the slain police offices as a “nuisance” and ordered the matter hushed up. Le’me see now that looks like a black man providing weapons for brown people to kill each other. Go figure.

  • JohnDille

    YEAH… REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN SIDING WITH TH NRA… SELLING TENS OF MILLIONS OF GUNS AND MILLIONS OF TONS OF AMMO… TO ANY CRIMINAL TERRORIST OR WACKO WHO WANTS THE STUFF… WHILE AT THE SAME TIME SPREADING HATRED FOR BLACK PEOPLE AND BROWN PEOPLE AND WOMEN AND MUSLIMS AND POOR PEOPLE ALL OVER THE PLACE…. AND YET… ITS DEMOCRATS WHO ARE INCITING VIOLENCE??? HEY…. NEARLY ALL HATE GROUPS ARE RIGHT WINGERS WHO VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS… IF THEY VOTE AT ALL!!! SO… TAKE YOUR RIGHT WING PROPAGANDA AND SPEW IT ELSEWHERE… THERE ARE A LOT OF FAR RIGHT WING WEBSITES THAT WOULD AGREE WITH YOUR LIES AND GARBAGE!!!

  • tightwad

    Kathy Giffen and her kind who promote killing political leaders need to own up to their share of responsibility for what happened here. Inciting a riot is a crime. Inciting murder apparently isn’t

  • JohnDille

    Economic inequality, the gap between the rich and the rest of us, affects every aspect of society, including our health.

    As an illustration, consider child mortality, the proportion of children who die before reaching age five. Out of every 10,000 children born in the United States, an extremely wealthy country, 65 will not reach their fifth birthday.

    Now consider child mortality in Slovenia, a middle-income country where our First Lady, Melania Trump, was born. In Slovenia, only 26 children will die in the first five years of life, much less than half the number of U.S. child deaths.

    If the United States had Slovenia’s child mortality rate, a standard that certainly should be achievable, 42 fewer U.S. children would die every day. In other words, over 15,000 children die needlessly every year in the most powerful country on earth

    A large and growing number of studies link child mortality and many other mortality outcomes with income inequality. We know that the United States has experienced obscenely increased inequality over recent decades. How is Slovenia doing? See for yourself.

    Steer your browser to the CIA World Factbook website’s section on the economy. Under Distribution of Family Income, a click on “Country comparisons with the world” will show rankings by Gini coefficient, a widely used indicator for measuring a society’s level of inequality.

    A lower Gini coefficient connotes a lower level of inequality. What nation stands almost the lowest on the Gini rankings list? That’s right: Slovenia.

    Take that reality in and then scroll up a hundred nations to find the United States, a land with almost twice the Gini score — twice the level of inequality — as Slovenia.

    Could the quality of health care — and not inequality — explain the massive difference in health outcomes between Slovenia and the United States? Likely not. Slovenia offers only basic health care services, nothing like the Star Wars high-tech medical care available in the United States.

    Could high mortality rates in the United States simply reflect high poverty? The United States does have much more poverty than other developed nations

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    GEE… MAYBE EXTREME INCOME AND WEALTH INEQUALITY IN THE USA… ALMOST THE MOST UNEQUAL NATION ON EARTH… HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE GROWING SOCIAL ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL DIVIDES IN OUR NATION!!! AND MAYBE ALL THE ANGER IN THIS COUNTRY IS DUE TO REPUBLICAN POLICIES THAT MAKE THAT INEQUALITY SO SO SO MUCH WORSE!!! SO… WHY DO SO MANY WORKING CLASS PEOPLE VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS??? STUPID, I GUESS… OR TOTALLY BRAIN WASHED BY ALL THE RIGHT WING MEDIA THAT TOTALLY DOMINATES THE MEDIA IN THIS NATION!!!