Trump, First Lady make surprise visit to hospital where Scalise being treated

Trump, First Lady make surprise visit to hospital where Scalise being treated

Trump, First Lady make surprise visit to hospital where Scalise being treated

"An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", House Speaker Paul Ryan said. But let's also make sure our elected leaders have the security they need.

As a top Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, lay in critical condition at a local hospital Thursday, some Republicans on the far right suggested that vitriolic rhetoric on the left could be to blame for the attack that put him there.

He "was treated and released having sustained a minor injury during the incident", Capitol Police said in a statement. Before a single shot was sacked Wednesday, an increasingly tense political climate was already testing the nerve of lawmakers. "There are not enough relationship-building exercises between Republicans and Democrats".

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he condemned the shooting "in the strongest possible terms" after he learned the shooter had volunteered on his Democratic presidential campaign.

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But the violent outburst, while shocking and distressing, was not a complete surprise; threats and aggression toward members of Congress have gotten a lot of press in recent months, notably at town hall-style events.

Officials said several other people were also wounded. "I concluded that he was a sane person, rational, common sense, very pleasant".

Ivanka Trump, joined by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and her two eldest children Arabella and Joseph Kushner, presented a $50,000 check from "Friends in the Trump Administration" to "Congressional Sports for Charity" at the game. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected".

Last year, a study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that "U.S. homicide rates were 7.0 times higher than in other high-income countries, driven by a gun homicide rate that was 25.2 times higher". One tragic incident, he acknowledged, won't move the needle, even one that affected House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

"I was running for my life", he told Inside Edition.

Off the field, some legislators - such as Bucks County Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Democratic U.S. Rep. He had not yet changed out of his practice uniform, a stark emblem of the tragedy. "It's a really American thing to do, to just go ahead anyway".

The game will be played Thursday evening at Nationals Park, as previously scheduled.

Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams, described the palpable fear he experienced Wednesday while under fire.

"We are going to public events..."

About 20 people were on the field at the time, many catching fly balls from batting practice, and when the gunfire started, players and onlookers took cover in dugouts, under a sport-utility vehicle or in the open on the ground.

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Following a day that saw most congressional business canceled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered federal land management, cybersecurity and more.

But in the hours after the shooting, the president, whose pugnacious style has come to define this era of bruising partisanship, avoided any mention of the political debate surrounding the shooting.

To lawmakers, the annual game is one of the better opportunities for lawmakers to get to know each other outside of their partisan roles. "We raise a lot of money for three charities".

Tighter security was evident around the Capitol, with police carrying long rifles and shotguns patrolling the steps and the area around the congressional office buildings.

Aguilar plays outfield for the Democratic team; before the shooting, Scalise was slated to play second base for the Republicans.

Barton joked that he would bring a food taster and order the most expensive steak.

The Democrats wore U.S. Capitol Police hats to begin the game, with Republicans in LSU hats in honor of Scalise, a hardcore Tigers fan.

For me, it's not just that I know several of the lawmakers there and that the gunman opened fire in nearby Alexandria.

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