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

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Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, but his vital signs have "stabilized" two days after being shot during a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, hospital officials announced Friday.

In the history of the contest, Republicans and Democrats each have won 39 games with one tie.

The game dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill.

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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!"

On Twitter, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, blamed the shooting on "the leading cultural voices of the Left", but such political rhetoric was mostly drowned out by calls for unity and prayer.

Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire at the Republican team as they practiced at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

The Republican House Whip is in critical condition and undergoing repeated surgery as his colleagues lurched back to business in a sombre mood.

Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center says "an excellent recovery is a good possibility", but says Scalise faces additional surgeries, a long hospital stay and rehabilitation. Sava didn't address what organs were damaged.

The last time a lawmaker was shot was when Democratic Rep.

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Scalise was shot by a rifle in the pelvis, and the bullet fractured bones, injured internal organs and caused severe bleeding, according to an update from the hospital now treating him.

The shot fired at Scalise left perhaps hundreds of bullet fragments internally, many of which may never be removed because surgery might be more risky than leaving them in place, Sava said.

Sava said the congressman remains sedated but was able to "respond to family members" and physicians.

On Thursday, the hospital reiterated that Scalise will need more operations and will be in the hospital "for some time". He has received multiple units of blood transfusion.

Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. "By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy".

The risk is lower than when Scalise was brought in to the hospital, Sava noted, adding that he more confident and optimistic about the congressman's condition.

President Donald Trump said Friday that Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".

The president says that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

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.

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