US President Donald Trump sat by Rep. Steve Scalise’s bedside and spoke with the House Majority whip’s family during a visit Wednesday evening to the hospital where Scalise remains in critical condition.
Scalise was among several people wounded earlier in the day when a rifle-wielding attacker fired on lawmakers on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington. The attacker was shot and later died.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer described the scene in the intensive care unit as “emotional.”
Spicer said the president was also briefed by Scalise’s medical team and spoke with Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle during the attack on a Republican Congressional baseball practice.
The president and first lady Melania Trump spent about half an hour at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Trump also met with other Capitol police officers who have gathered at the hospital and thanked them for their service.
The president was accompanied by White House doctor Ronny Jackson.
The hospital where Scalise is recovering after being shot said the congressman remains in critical condition and will require several more operations.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center is also providing a more detailed description of Scalise’s wounds. The hospital said he was shot in the left hip, after which “the bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding.”