Trump on Scalise's condition: 'He's in some trouble'

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The president's meaning was unclear as he made the comments at an event on Cuba policy in Miami. But he will remain in the hospital for "a considerable period of time" and faces additional operations.

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", Trump added.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Jack Sava, the hospital's director of trauma, said Friday.

A high-ranking USA congressman who was shot at a Republican baseball practice is facing a "more difficult" recovery than initially thought, President Donald Trump said Thursday. I visited Steve and his family at the hospital last night, and I 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.

The charities benefiting from the game are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, the AP said. Democrats sent the trophy they earned to Scalise's office after the game. After accepting it gracefully, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice".

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who visited Scalise in the hospital Thursday, said that on a recent foreign trip he and Scalise took, 90 percent of their conversations were about the game.

The rifle blast to Scalise's left hip, as he stood near second base, caused "substantial damage" to bones, internal organs and blood vessels.

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Hodgkinson died of wounds sustained during a firefight with law enforcement.

The crowd started clapping and chanting United States of America after the first pitch was thrown by injured Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, one of the two officers on the congressman's security detail who've been credited with saving his life and potentially many others. Hodgkinson was eventually killed by Capitol police. Reporters in Washington tracked Scalise's every hospital update and shared it on social media. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector, had been living out of his van near the park. Authorities are investigating the incident but have not identified a motive.

Trump is also crediting the congressman for bringing people together.

A huge ovation came from the crowd, which swelled to a record 24,959, when Special Agent David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the attack on Republicans at their ball practice in Virginia, threw out the first pitch.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on.

The shooting prompted talk of improving security for politicians, most of whom are unaccompanied by officers in their normal day-to-day pursuits.

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