Trump visits Scalise in hospital

President Donald Trump visited House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in the hospital Wednesday night, following the shooting of the Louisiana Republican at a congressional baseball practice earlier in the day.

According to a press pool report, the president arrived with first lady Melania Trump and press secretary Sean Spicer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, where Scalise was recovering from surgery after suffering a wound to his hip. Scalise remained listed in critical condition.

Aides carried two "big bouquets of white flowers," according to a separate report. The president and first lady left at 9:11 p.m.

Scalise’s office said earlier in the day the congressman was "in good spirits" before undergoing surgery. The medical facility later reported that the congressman, one of five people wounded in the stunning attack at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, remained in critical condition.

"Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip," a statement from the hospital read. "The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center. He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion."

Trump capped the visit with an update on Twitter.

"Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape — but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve," Trump tweeted at 9:41 p.m. following his visit to the hospital.


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