Rep. Scalise remains in critical condition after surgery

Rep. Scalise remains in critical condition after surgery

President Donald Trump walks to his motorcade vehicle after visiting MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of La. was taken after being shot in Alexandria, Va., during a Congressional baseball practice.

In his first public comments since the shooting, Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it's a "good possibility" that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity.

President Donald Trump thanked the members of Congress and others for supporting the Congressional Baseball Game with a recorded statement played at Nationals Park Thursday night. The crowd chanted "USA!" The others were Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey; Zack Barth, a staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams; and Mike Mika, an activist and former congressional staffer. It is a rare and genuine opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to put their divisions aside and show those gathered in the stadium and watching across the USA, that they are not just politicians - they are people and players.

Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting believe he was targeting Republicans.

Scalise was one of five people shot early Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire at a GOP baseball practice.

The lawmakers took the field with many wearing hats to honor Scalise.

"A lot of times in politics we have divisions but it shouldn't come to violence", he said.

Despite the shooting, the congressional baseball game went forward Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington.


"He's in some trouble", Trump said during a jobs event at the White House, calling Scalise a "great fighter" and "he's going to be OK, I hope".

"The Congressman's status remains critical, we are encouraged by improvement in his condition over the last 36 hours", Sava stated.

Played nearly every year since 1909, this year's congressional contest began with a moving tribute to the victims of the shooting, as well as the Capitol Police officers who helped take out the gunman.

The team of Democrats and Republicans holds an annual softball game against female journalists.

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of MS gaveled in the session on Thursday, and Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania opened the morning speeches.

The game raised about $500,000 for charity a year ago, according to spokeswoman Meredith Raimondi.

"To the extent that people think this is just a game, they're wrong", Richmond told reporters Thursday.

The House of Representatives resumed normal business Thursday after sharply curtailing its schedule following the shootings. He will remain in the intensive care unit through at least the weekend, they said.

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