PRESIDENT TRUMP and FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP attended the Ford’s Theatre Gala tonight. President Trump vowed to protect America from terror:
“We renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life. And it has gone on too long. This bloodshed must end. This bloodshed will end.
As president I will do what is necessary is to prevent this threat from spreading to our shores, and work every single day to protect the safety and security of our country, our communities and our people.”
“The United States will do everything in its power to being those that are guilty to justice.”
President Trump spoke of Abraham Lincoln and Ford’s Theatre with heartfelt fondness.
Ford’s Theatre is administered and maintained by the National Park Service as a historic landmark, but it is also a working theater operated by the Ford’s Theatre Society. The gala is a fundraising event for the FTS, whose purpose is to secure private financing for much of the theater’s programming. It dates back to the Carter Administration.
Traditionally, the President has hosted a pre-gala reception at the White House. However, the Obamas chose not to attend in 2015 or 2016, citing the death of Beau Biden and “scheduling conflicts” as reasons. This led to a complete cancellation of last year’s gala.