Hosting congressional picnic, Trump calls for unity

President Donald Trump says he hopes a spirit of "unity" will soon develop in nation's capital

People enjoy the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House hosted by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People enjoy the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House hosted by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is hosting his first congressional picnic and says he hopes a spirit of “unity” will soon develop in nation’s capital.

Trump is also offering prayers for Rep. Steve Scalise, seriously wounded in a shooting last week. He is paying tribute to the bipartisan cooperation on display the next night at the annual Congressional charity baseball game.

The president says, “I know the country would be doing a lot better” if that spirit would continue.

The South Lawn of the White House was decorated Thursday to resemble Manhattan’s Central Park as a tribute to the New Yorkers who now call the executive mansion home.

The president looked upon the crowd and joked that he and his wife have “developed friendships with some really great people – mostly.”

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