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Congressional baseball practice shooting

Trump urges Americans to put their differences aside after Wednesday's shooting: 'We are strongest when we are unified'

In a statement Wednesday following the GOP congressional baseball practice shooting, President Trump urged Americans to "take a moment today to cherish those you love" and to remember the similarities that bind us together. "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. "We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace. And we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good."

Trump assured Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was among the five injured in the attack, that he has "the prayers of not only an entire city behind [him], but an entire nation." He confirmed that Scalise is in stable condition and that the shooter, identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, "has now died from his injuries." "Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime," Trump said.

Watch Trump's statement in full below. Becca Stanek