Trump visits DC hospital treating critically injured Rep. Steve Scalise

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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.

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

Trump, who visited Scalise at the hospital on Wednesday, said Scalise was "in some trouble but he's going to be okay, we hope".

"And Steve in his own way may have brought some unity to our long divided country", Trump said.

"I was fresh off of surgery, but they made more plays than we made previous year", Richmond told reporters.

He was one of four wounded by a gunman Wednesday in an attack on a Republican team practice in Virginia.

As of Wednesday, Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and former congressional staffer, was in critical condition after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound, his family said in a statement. "We understand he is lucky to be alive and we owe it to these incredible individuals and Matt's fighting spirit and grit. We got a lot of hearts in this country, great hearts, and they're all sending their love and support to the Scalise family", said the USA president. A Capitol Police officer "was using our dugout as kind of a shelter to fire on the gunman, and I kept yelling 'Are you friendly?"

The chief of Capitol Police visited her Wednesday afternoon.


Hodgkinson, the alleged shooter, was reported to have had several previous run-ins with the law, because he had no felony convictions he was able to purchase the weapons legally that police recovered from him after the shooting.

"It was a scary situation".

"I think anybody that ever played baseball, the dream was to play in a major league stadium", Richmond said a year ago. "I felt a sharp burning pain in my leg, looked down - I had been hit".

"Everybody was down", Miggins said, adding that UPS is like the U.S. Post Office: "We gotta get those packages out". He ran down the first base line and into the dugout. He gave it to Sen.

Flake, a Republican from Arizona, didn't remember whether the gunman was saying anything, but he wasn't certain - in the exchange of bullets between police and Hodgkinson, there were moments when the senator didn't even know which gunfire was coming from which side.

Among those hiding alongside Flake was Congressman Roger Williams of Texas.

"There's such a hatefulness in what we see in American politics and policy discussions right now. this has got to stop", Representative Rodney Davis, a Republican team member, told CNN in an interview while still wearing his baseball cleats and practice clothes.

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