Shot US Congressman Scalise undergoes surgery

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Mr Trump, after visiting the Louisiana Republican at the hospital, on Wednesday said Mr Scalise was "in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

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

President Donald Trump did not attend but in a video address shown on the stadium's giant screen praised the friendly nature of the annual charity event.

The game is a long-standing summer tradition in Washington, with teams of Republican and Democratic lawmakers competing on the ball field, even in present times, when fractious political debates are the norm.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

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(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). A playground near the baseball field is cordoned off with police tape as the investigation continue at the scene in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, June 15, 2017, the day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot d. Scalise, the third most powerful Republican in the House, was shot through the hip.

As his colleagues played baseball in his honor Thursday evening, MedStar Washington Hospital Center medical gave an update on Rep. Steve Scalise, who remains in critical condition but has improved.

A sign in the crowd spelled out: "ONE FAMILY".

"We are encouraged by improvement of his condition over the last 36 hours", Sava said.

He led a House floor Democratic sit-in a year ago when Republicans refused to consider gun control legislation. "The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding".

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The No. 3 House Republican will also require additional operations before leaving the hospital Sava said, though he added that an "excellent recovery is a good possibility".

Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives.

Daily Caller's Kaitlan Collins reported that "Scalise has received multiple units of blood transfusion".

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday, where they met with Officer Griner and her wife, among others, according to a senior administration official. "And because of him, and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

Sava said Scalise will require surgeries soon for abdominal and bone injuries, in addition to the two he has undergone to fix a bone in his leg broken by the bullet. But at a news conference, Pelosi bristled at comments made by a few Republicans and conservative activists who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident.

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Aides to Ryan, R-Wis., confirmed the speaker had visited Scalise at the hospital but declined to provide details of the encounter.

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