Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Scalise's condition 'more difficult' than first thought, Trump says

Scalise's condition 'more difficult' than first thought, Trump says

Republican congressman Steve Scalise is in a fight "more hard than first thought" as he recovers from a gunshot wound, U.S. President Donald Trump said after visiting him at a Washington, D.C., hospital on Thursday.

"We would all be wise to reflect on the importance of civility in our nation's politics this morning", Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor. He had surgery on Wednesday and blood transfusions, and will require additional surgeries, the hospital said. "He's in some trouble" Trump said, adding grimly: "He's going to be OK - we hope".

Scalise was one of five people shot by James Hodgkinson early Wednesday.

"Nothing pulls people together like teamwork", said DeSantis' colleague from the Democratic team, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., who will be playing second base. "While the attack today was a bad surprise, Matt's presence on the ball field, helping longtime colleagues and friends was not", Mika's family said. Officials at the hospital said the bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, causing severe bleeding and injuring internal organs. A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was also injured. The assailant, prepared with "a lot of ammo", fought a gun battle with police before he, too, was shot and later died.

Trump has no plans to attend the congressional baseball game Thursday, out of concern for his safety.

Trump also visited wounded Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner and her wife, with Melania also gifting her with flowers.

Mr Trump spoke to the House of Representatives majority whip's family during a visit to MedStar Washington Hospital Centre on Wednesday evening.

The US president offered the assessment as a shaken US House returned into session a day after the shooting of Mr Scalise and others.

But Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had "no indication" Hodgkinson knew about the ball practice ahead of time. Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tyson Foods in its Washington office.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center released an update about Majority Whip Steve Scalise last night.

He was out of surgery but remained in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement from his family.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted.

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