GOP baseball team coach asked Trump to attend game on anniversary of shooting

GOP baseball team coach asked Trump to attend game on anniversary of shooting
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The coach for the Republican congressional baseball team asked President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE to attend the annual game on Thursday, the anniversary of last year’s shooting that wounded Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP lawmakers jockey for positions as managers Fox's Chris Wallace calls out Trump for the 'most sustained assault on freedom of the press' in US history McCarthy: I don't think there's a need to whip the impeachment vote MORE (R-La.) and several others.

“I asked him to come, I guess it was last week, I was over at the Oval Office. He said, ‘I’ll be there,’” Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsOn The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday Pelosi announces support for new Trump NAFTA deal Supreme Court poised to hear first major gun case in a decade MORE (R-Texas) told The Associated Press.

A spokesman for Williams says the lawmaker does not know if Trump will in fact attend the game.

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Last June, a gunman attacked GOP lawmakers as they practiced for the annual charity game. Scalise was badly wounded and underwent multiple surgeries as part of his recovery.

The House majority whip returned to Congress in September.

Williams told the AP that Scalise will start at second base during Thursday’s game.

The congressman also noted that members of Trump’s Cabinet will attend the game at Nationals Park.

Trump — who turns 72 on Thursday — has been vocally supportive of Scalise amid his recovery, including mentioning him during his State of the Union address earlier this year.

The White House has not commented on whether the president will attend the game.

—Updated at 3:52 p.m.