Democrats and Republicans unite in a touching dedication to Steve Scalise

The annual matchup between Republicans and Democrats will be held one day after Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and three others were shot at a practice session for the game. Trump only alluded to the shooting indirectly while voicing support for the victims. According to the hospital, he sustained a single shot to his left hip, with the bullet traveling across his pelvis causing bone fractures, internal organ injury and severe bleeding.

"The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time." the Medstar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement, adding that Scalise has "improved in the last 24 hours".

Trump began the morning by calling those leading the Justice Department's Russian Federation election meddling probe "very bad and conflicted people", then contended the shooting that also injured several Capitol Police officers, a lobbyist and a congressional aide has "brought some unity to this divided country". "Capitol police and emergency responders reacted swiftly and courageously - we are grateful for their presence". Police also said a dog that had been scared away and lost during the shooting had been located. "We now have no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

The 66-year-old suspect from Belleville, Illinois, was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign but whether he was politically motivated is still unclear, investigators said.

Earlier Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan paid a visit to his injured colleague, who faces the prospect of a lengthy hospitalization after getting shot in the hip at a baseball practice by a deranged man with grudges against Trump and the GOP.

Trump says Scalise "continues his very courageous fight", but adds: "it's been much more hard than people even thought at the time".


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

Daily Caller's Kaitlan Collins reported that "Scalise has received multiple units of blood transfusion". When he heard the news about the shooting he described it with one word, "devastation". "That is the source of unity, and more than ever, we must embrace it", the president said.

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack, which has raised questions about lawmakers' security, renewed the nation's contentious debate over guns and drawn fresh attention to the harsh rhetoric that reflects the deep political divisions in America.

Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago. "How dare they say such a thing", Pelosi said. "We are forever grateful for the heroism" of the officers, she said.

Trump is also crediting the congressman for bringing people together.

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