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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 TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE to attend the annual game on Thursday, the anniversary of last year’s shooting that wounded Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP candidate says he chose bad 'metaphor' with face-stomping comments Democrats must end mob rule The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Dem victories in `18 will not calm party turbulence 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 WilliamsDems gain momentum 50 days before midterms GOP: The economy will shield us from blue wave Republicans have spent .5 million at Trump properties since he took office: report 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.