President Trump and his wife, Melania, hosted their first congressional picnic Thursday, with the president using the convivial evening to pay tribute to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), hospitalized after being seriously wounded in a shooting last week. When he arrived at MedStar Washington Hospital Center last Wednesday, the No. 3 House Republican "was as critical as can be", the hospital's director of trauma said.
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Rep. Steve Scalise was shot June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia, a House colleague told CNN, in what sources are calling an apparent "deliberate attack". The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding.
He too, doctors say, is in "good health" and has been taken out of Intensive care after several surgeries. His condition later improved.
The attack spurred an outpouring of bipartisan support, and Scalise's colleagues on Capitol Hill continue to rally together. Four others were injured during the assault, but the gunman, James Hodgkinson, was the only person killed when he was shot by authorities.