Trump Says Scalise Is 'in Very Tough Shape'

'But he is a real fighter,' continues the president
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2017 2:58 AM CDT
Updated Jun 15, 2017 6:33 AM CDT
President Trump waves to members of the media as he walks to his vehicle after visiting MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – President Trump urged the nation to pray for Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday night after he visited the critically injured congressman at a hospital in Washington, DC. "Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter," Trump tweeted. "Pray for Steve!" Accompanied by Melania Trump and White House physician Ronny Jackson, Trump, whose 71st birthday was on Wednesday, spoke to doctors and Scalise's family during the unannounced visit, the Washington Post reports. Trump also met with Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was injured along with Scalise and several others when gunman James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on a congressional baseball practice.

Scalise "sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip," MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in an update released by the Republican's congressional website late Wednesday. "The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding," the statement said. "He underwent immediate surgery ... His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations." Of the others injured, Tyson foods lobbyist Matt Mika was in critical condition after surgery Wednesday, CNN reports. Griner is in good condition at MedStar and others, including Rep. Roger Williams, have been treated and released. Hodgkinson was fatally injured after exchanging fire with police during the attack. (Read more Steve Scalise stories.)

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