Trump: Scalise Is Doing Worse Than Originally Thought

Posted: Jun 15, 2017 12:05 PM
Trump: Scalise Is Doing Worse Than Originally Thought

Speaking at the White House, President Donald Trump said that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is doing "worse off" than people initially thought, but that he still hopes the representative will eventually recover. Trump again called Scalise a "greater fighter," echoing his tweet from Wednesday evening. 

Scalise was shot in the left hip and suffered injuries to his internal organs, and has undergone three surgeries so far. He will likely need more. Initially, Scalise was reported to be in stable condition, but was downgraded to critical later on Wednesday. He has received "several" blood transfusions. 

Lobbyist Matt Mika, who was also seriously wounded in Wednesday's shooting, is alert and able to communicate via notes. Mika was shot several times in the chest and arm, and remains in the intensive care unit on a breathing machine at George Washington University Hospital. He also will need further surgeries.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen visited Scalise on Thursday morning, and urged people to keep the congressman in their prayers.