While speaking at the start of a White House event on apprenticeship Thursday, President Trump gave an update on the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was shot in the hip Wednesday along with three other congressional staff members.
“It’s been much more difficult than people even thought at the time,” Trump said. “He’s in some trouble, but he’s a great fighter and he’s going to be OK, we hope.”
Scalise was in critical condition coming out of emergency surgery on Wednesday, and the wound to his hip is more complicated than originally anticipated. Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital Center will perform additional procedures to address internal organ damage.
President Trump was able to visit Scalise and his family at MedStar Wednesday. He said he, “reassured them that the entire country is pulling for them, praying for them and that we are here for them every single step of the way.”
Trump believes that maybe such a heinous act to an elected official can inspire unity in a congressional body where cooperation has been sparse.
“We’ve had a very, very divided country for many years and I have a feeling that Steve has made a great sacrifice but there could be some unity being brought to our country. Let’s hope so.”
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