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Ohio Congressman played in baseball game to honor Scalise

16 Junio 2017, 11:16 | Benedicto Grullon

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Mr Trump said of the treatment of Mr Scalise, the No 3 GOP leader, who is in critical condition and underwent a third surgery at the MedStar Washington Hospital Centre.

The shooter, identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Scalise "is under heavy sedation, and he's been in surgery, I think, all of the three times I've been there", Richmond said. "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible". "How dare they?" she exclaimed.

Aside from security, Katko expressed worry about the "level of vitriol and the amount of nastiness" in political discourse today.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood side by side to shout: "Let's play ball!" and the crowd chanted "U-S-A!" Going ahead with both the men's and women's games "shows we have tremendous resolve in this country, and that when somebody's trying to perpetuate violence and do awful things, we're going to rise above it and we're going to go on with the game", said Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Democrat from Moline.

Scalise returned to surgery Thursday morning.

Earlier Thursday, President Donald Trump commented on the congressman's condition, saying Scalise was "in some trouble" but that he hoped the congressman would be OK. Sanders said he denounced the violence "in the strongest possible terms".

Both teams gathered at second base - where Scalise would have played - before the game to kneel in prayer, led by the House chaplain. He sustained minor injuries to one of his wrists, elbows and lower back in the process.

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. The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington.

The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions in the months leading up to yesterday's incident".

Rep. Darin LaHood's name appears on this year's GOP team roster, but the Peoria lawmaker ended up sitting out the game. Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said his colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood". Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice.

"If Scalise was not there, he's the one with security detail, we wouldn't have had any protection and God knows how bad that might have been", Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, told "Fox & Friends".

"There was always boundaries when people protested, but they didn't cross the line", Katko said.

Lawmakers took cover in the dugout. And then we get back on the field.

"Both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees", the Capitol Police said in a statement.

"That was tough for me", Duncan said. "It'll be a different game without him there". The man thanked him.

Injured Capitol Hill Police officer David Bailey, center, holds his hand over his heart during the National Anthem with U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa, far right, before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and former congressional staffer Matt Mika-remain in critical condition.

Lawmakers will take to the Nats Park baseball field at 7:05 p.m. for the annual partisan showdown beloved by so many in spite of Wednesday's tragic events.

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