Congressional staffers boo Trump at unity baseball game

Pauline Gross
June 17, 2017

US Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition after a second surgery but has shown improvement in the last 24 hours, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a press release.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said.

"Trump said he visited Scalise and his family Wednesday at the hospital and "reassured them that the entire country is pulling for them, praying for them and that we are here for them every single step of the way".

"Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long-divided country", he said. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said, to prolonged applause. "I have a feeling that Steve has made a great sacrifice, but there could be some unity being brought to our country".

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Scalise, who underwent a third surgery Thursday, is listed in critical condition after being shot through the hip.

The charity game pitting Republican lawmakers against their Democratic colleagues was set to proceed as scheduled at 7:05 p.m. (2305 GMT) at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators expected in the stands.

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Scalise has received multiple blood transfusions, which can affect clotting, something doctors will monitor closely.

The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party".

President Trump led off the game with a video message, and many of his staff and cabinet including his daughter Ivanka, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and counsel Kellyanne Conway were in attendance. The Capitol's usual partisan combativeness, though not absent, was less pointed than usual, and warm words were exchanged between some lawmakers with starkly opposing political philosophies.

House Republicans met privately earlier to discuss the shootings, pray and sign oversized cards for the wounded.

Across the Potomac River in Washington, the shocking events left the Capitol horrified and stunned, and prompted immediate reflection on the current hostility and vitriol in American politics. He is out of the hospital and was spotted off the House floor Thursday morning on crutches.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi lashed out angrily at such comments. The van was parked in the YMCA lot next to the park where the attack took place. The popular and gregarious lawmaker is known for his love of baseball and handed out commemorative bats when he secured the job of House whip several years ago. It wasn't until 1950 when the first Senator, Harry Cain (R, WA) participated. They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.

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