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Is Trump Coming to the Congressional Baseball Game?

White House has not said whether president will attend

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., left, will be back on the field for this year's Congressional Baseball Game. But will President Donald Trump be in attendance? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Capitol Hill gears up for this year’s traditional congressional charity baseball game, one invited guest has not yet RSVP'd: President Donald Trump.

Republican Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, the coach of the GOP team, said he invited Trump to attend on a recent visit to the Oval Office, The Associated Press reported.

Trump said, “I’ll be there,” Williams told the AP, but he also said he wasn’t sure whether the president would show up.

The White House did not immediately reply to a question from Roll Call regarding whether Trump would be at the game. There are no public events on the president's daily schedule.

Watch: The History of the Congressional Baseball Game

Republican team organizers told Roll Call that the president will not be at the game.

Trump did not attend last year’s game, citing insufficient time to secure the park, but he sent a video message of support in wake of the shooting that wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others. Ivanka Trump attended along with her two children and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The game, an annual tradition that pits Republicans against Democrats, was first held in 1909. This year’s matchup carries added significance, as it marks the return of Steve Scalise to the diamond after he sustained life-threatening injuries at the Republican team’s practice the day before last year's game.

Several cabinet members are planning to attend the game. Gates at Nationals Park open for the game at 5:30 p.m. and first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

— John T. Bennett and Alex Gangitano contributed to this report.

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