At 11:30am President Trump will deliver a statement following this morning’s shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others at a congressional baseball practice game ahead of an annual charity game tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, Trump said in a statement, “The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”
Trump also tweeted “Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.”
Trump has canceled his speech today at the Department of Labor and Vice
President Mike Pence has canceled a speech he had set for this morning.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this morning, “I know the entire Senate will join in echoing the sentiments of the president this morning. We’re deeply saddened. We’re all concerned for those injured. We’ll keep them in our prayers and send them our wish for a quick and full recovery.” He added, “The Congressional baseball game is a bipartisan charity event. I know the Senate will embrace that today as we come together to express our concern and our gratitude.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer added that he was with Paul, who had been at the practice earlier, in the Senate gym. Schumer said Paul repeated his gratitude that Scalise’s protective detail was present or that it would have been a “massacre.” “Their bravery is exemplary of all Capitol Police forces and we thank them,” Schumer continued.
Gabrielle Giffords, the last member of Congress to be shot, surviving a shooting in 2011, tweeted this morning, “My heart is with my former colleagues, their families; staff, and the US Capitol Police- public servants and heroes today and every day.”