Trump says Scalise remains in critical condition a day after Virginia shooting

The US President suggested that Scalise, a Republican congressman who was shot Wednesday during a GOP baseball practice in Virginia, is in worse condition than initially believed.

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US President Donald Trump said Thursday that Republican congressman Steve Scalise is in worse condition than initially believed.

"It's been much more difficult than people even thought at that time," Trump said in a statement from the White House. "He's in some trouble."

Trump added that Scalise, who was shot in the hip Wednesday during a GOP baseball practice in Virginia, was "a great fighter." "He's going to be OK, we hope," he said.

"Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long-divided country," Trump said. "We've had a very, very divided country for many years, and I have a feeling that Steve has made a great sacrifice, but there could be some unity being brought to our country."

The Medstar Hospital in Washington DC said Wednesday evening that Scalise was in critical condition after undergoing surgery.

The suspected shooter has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.



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