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Trump issues a call for unity, says the world is praying for Scalise

President Trump called for national unity after Wednesday morning’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice, saying the nation and indeed the world is praying for the recovery of wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and other victims.

“We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country,” Trump said. He added, “We are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”

In brief remarks delivered from the Diplomatic Room at the White House, Trump said Scalise was “shot and badly wounded,” but is recovering in a hospital and is in stable condition. The president said he spoke with Scalise’s wife, Jennifer, and pledged his full support.

“Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend,” Trump said. “He’s a patriot and he’s a fighter. He will recover from his assault — and Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you but of an entire nation and, frankly, the entire world. America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting.”

Shooting at GOP congressional baseball practice in Virginia: The latest
(Peter Jamsion/The Washington Post)

Shots were fired in Alexandria, Va., this morning at a Republican congressional baseball practice. The latest as we learn it.