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 TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE to attend the annual game on Thursday, the anniversary of last year’s shooting that wounded Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election House panel details 'serious' concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections Scalise hit with ethics complaint over doctored Barkan video 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 WilliamsThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Yoho apologizes for accosting AOC Ocasio-Cortez accosted by GOP lawmaker over remarks: 'That kind of confrontation hasn't ever happened to me' Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats 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.