President Trump skipped his own birthday celebration yesterday in order to visit his colleague, congressman Steve Scalise, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Scalise suffered a shot in the hip after a crazed gunman, who hated President Trump, attacked the group of republican congressman who were playing baseball in a Virginia field.
Doctors revealed to the president that Scalise is in tough shape. He was shot in the hip and received surgery when he got into the hospital. Now he may need more surgery in order to fix it.
President Trump and Melania took the motorcade to the hospital in the evening, where he spoke to Scalise’s family.
The Daily Mail reports:
Trump had spent the early part of the evening with kids Eric, Donald Jr and Ivanka, as well as their respective spouses and childen.
All had photos of themselves at the White House on Instagram – though without Trump himself present in the images.
But as darkness fell the president and wife Melania got into a motorcade and took off for MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington.
That’s where Scalise had been taken that morning, after being hit in the hip by a rifle round fired by disgruntled Trump-hater James T Hodgkinson.
Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, had also managed to injure a Congress staffer and two police officers before being shot dead. All three of the injured parties are expected to make full recoveries.
It’s not known whether Scalise was conscious when the Trumps arrived, but the president spoke with his family in the intensive care unit, suggesting that might not be the case.
Trump sat by Scalise’s bedside during the half-hour visit, which Press Secretary Sean Spicer called ’emotional’.
Scalise is still in critical condition and will need more surgeries, the congressman’s official Twitter account said.
‘The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding,’ it said in a statement.
It added: ‘His condition is critical and he will require additional operations.’
While at the hospital, Trump also met with Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle as she defended the GOP representatives and senators during the attack.
And he greeted other Capitol Police cops who had gathered at the hospital, thanking them for their service.
The Trumps was later seen exiting the hospital, guided out by Dr Ira Labin. The president shook Labin’s hand before departing.
After leaving, he tweeted: ‘More 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!’