Trump delivers message of unity in response to shooting

President Trump delivered a brief speech emphasizing unity and public service after this morning’s mass shooting oin Alexandria, VA.

“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. He continued, “We may have our differences but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country.

“We can all agree that 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.

“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.”

As Allahpundit noted earlier, Trump opened his statement with the announcement that the gunman had died of his injuries. “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,” Trump said. He continued, “Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime and the assailant has now died from his injuries.”

Trump then offered an update on Rep. Scalise saying he was in stable condition in the hospital along with the two Capitol Hill police officers and two others. Echoing a point made by other witnesses this morning, Trump praised the actions of the police. “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.