Trump honors officers who stopped gunman attack on GOP lawmakers

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President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Valor to Alexandria, Virginia Police Department Officer Nicole Battaglia, as U.S. Capitol Police fellow recipients, David Bailey and Crystal Griner look on.

The honorees were special agents David Bailey, Crystal Griner, and officers Nicole Battaglia, Kevin Jobe, and Alexander Jensen.

Griner and her partner special agent David Bailey of Laurel, were at an Alexandria baseball field at the exact moment a gunman opened fire on members of Congress.

A man angry with Trump wreaked havoc on June 14 when he fired at the representatives, injuring Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others.

At the ceremony, Trump said a bipartisan bill in Congress would provide support for Capitol Police officers who are injured while on duty.

"I can not think of a group of individuals more deserving of this award than Special Agents David Bailey, Crystal Griner, and Officers Nicole Battaglia, Kevin Jobe, and Alexander Jensen", said Scalise, who was released from the hospital this week.

'They are American heroes and we salute them, ' Trump said.

Virginia Police Department Officer Alexander Jensen receives the Medal of Valor
Virginia Police Department Officer Alexander Jensen receives the Medal of Valor

"These officers saved the lives of every innocent person on the field that day", Trump told the audience, calling them "real heroes whose courageous action under fire saved so many lives". "This week he was discharged from the hospital and is now beginning weeks of rehabilitation", Trump said. "That's exactly what they did".

He noted the first responders were at a disadvantage when they confronted a gunman wielding rifles, while they had only handguns.

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was critically wounded in the shooting and had to be airlifted to a Washington medical center.

Scalise also said in the statement Thursday, "I can not think of a group of individuals more deserving of this award".

An SUV, with a bullet hole in the windshield and a flat tire, sits in the parking lot at the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, involving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., and others, during a congressional baseball practice. The assailant wounded Scalise and three others before he was shot dead by police.

The 51-year-old congressman was struck in the hip and the bullet tore into blood vessels, bones and internal organs.

Trump maintained an unusually subdued manner as he made his remarks and presented the medal to each officer, along with a handshake or pat on the arm.

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