Doctors encouraged by Rep. Steve Scalise's improving condition

The Metairie congressman, who serves as House majority whip, "has improved in the last 24 hours", officials from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where Scalise was being treated, said in a brief prepared statement Thursday evening.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressman Steve Scalise can hope to make an "excellent recovery", his trauma surgeon said Friday, even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death after getting shot at a congressional baseball practice.

The alleged gunman was killed by authorities, and was identified as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

But on Thursday, all the players at Nationals Park counted themselves as part of Team Scalise, to honor the GOP House Majority Whip who has many surgeries ahead of him, according to The Associated Press. "At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates". "The thoughts and prayers of the entire LSU community are with Rep. Scalise, his family and all of those injured".

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone.

Pressing "pause" on a historic detente, President Donald Trump thrust the USA and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility Friday with a blistering denunciation of the island's communist government. A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was shot in the leg; he was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, the Post reports.

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So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said.

It is one of the most anticipated events of summer at the Capitol, with Democrats and Republicans splitting the 79 games that have been played over the years 39-39, with one tie.

President Donald Trump visited Scalise at the hospital Wednesday night and later said in a speech, "He's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope".

A single rifle wound caused "substantial damage" to Scalise's internal organs and blood loss, his doctor explained Friday.

The hospital has further stated that Scalise will need to undergo further operations.

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A White House spokeswoman declined to comment and referred questions to Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz. Rosenstein told the Associated Press earlier this month that if that were to happen, he would recuse himself.

"The congressman's status remains critical", Dr. Sava.

Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's. "He clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said. Rep. Mike Doyle of the Democrat team said his team will be hosting a dinner next Wednesday for the Republican team in order that all may come together and reflect, reported CNN.

Several politicians are expected to turn out to Thursday night's event. He was practicing for an annual congressional baseball game, working out with his Republican colleagues in a park across the Potomac River from the U.S. Capitol, when a gunman armed with a semiautomatic rifle opened fire.

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected in 2008.

"There is so much you do that I disagree with", House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, a staunch conservative, told his panel's top Democrat, unwavering liberal Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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Ratib Al-Sulaman told CNN he was sitting with friends two minutes away, when an "incident in front of the mosque" occurred. An eyewitness who lives on Seven Sisters Road told the BBC there were people "shouting and screaming".

The shooting has raised questions about lawmakers' security, renewed the nation's contentious debate over guns and drawn new attention to the harsh rhetoric that reflects America's political polarization.

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