• An Insider’s Account: Monday’s Gunfire At The White House

    Surge Summary: An upfront account of a gunfire incident near the White House which occurred Monday: President’s composure, Secret Service’s excellence, White House’s devotion to religious liberty and reminder of importance to pray for the members of this Administration.
    by Gary Bauer

    I was at the White House [Monday] afternoon meeting with Vice President Pence and his top national security team to discuss the threats from communist China.  What happened next was completely unexpected.

    As you know by now, there was a shooting outside the White House as President Trump was delivering a press briefing.  A Secret Service agent interrupted the president, whispered something in his ear and rushed him out of the briefing room.

    As fortune would have it, I was sitting in the West Wing when all of this unfolded.  Needless to say, it was a harrowing experience.

    Along with a handful of White House aides, we were immediately rushed into a secure room by men with formidable weapons.  Every door in the White House was instantly secured by the Secret Service.

    Hours later, after I managed to get out of a locked-down Washington, D.C., I reflected on what had happened.

    First, we have a courageous president.  Not that long ago, more than 60 Secret Service agents were injured during violent demonstrations at the White House.  We know that extremists have attempted to breach the White House grounds before.  They’re not doing so in order to thank the president for his hard work.

    Trump returned to the briefing and he didn’t miss a step.  When a reporter asked if he was rattled, Trump responded, “Do I look rattled to you?”

    Second, as I passed multiple men ready to die to protect the president and waited in a room guarded by men willing to protect me and others in that room, I was reminded that these are the same kinds of heroes who protect us in our cities every day.

    They are the same heroes who guard the DMZ separating North and South Korea, who protect our skies and “stand guard” on submarines in the South China Sea.

    In virtually every case, they are under constant attack, not by our enemies, but by the American political left.  If that’s not enough reason to keep the left out of power this November, I don’t know what is!

    Third, I saw again, after talking with Vice President Pence and his team, how much religious freedom here and around the world is a top priority for the Trump/Pence Administration and for the dedicated men and women who work in the White House.

    Lastly, I was reminded of the urgent need to pray for the president, the vice president, their families and those who work with them and for us each and every day.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Screen Shot: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-escorted-briefing-shooting-white-house/

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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