The bullet that struck Scalise tore through his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding, the hospital said. In that awful crime, the country also witnessed the incredible heroism of the Capitol Police, he said, adding that Special Agent Crystal Griner - who he also met during his visit to the hospital - raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey.
"The congressman's status remains critical", Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Scalise is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit.
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But Jim Comey testified that he was the person that first requested a private meeting with the president on January 6. It comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence.
Scalise will need more surgeries, some of which could take place as early as this weekend. "He clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said. He remains sedated but has been able to respond to his family.
Doctors expect Mr Scalise will eventually be able to walk and return to work at "full capacity".
Sava said doctors will not attempt to remove what are likely to be hundreds of bullet fragments from Scalise's body, saying the risk of such a procedure typically outweighs the potential benefits. The president's meaning was not entirely clear, but Trump went on to say that "Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - and he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important". They released photos of guns similar to the handgun and rifle that were used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., paid a visit to his injured colleague at the hospital Friday. The dead man's social media posts indicated he'd violently opposed President Donald Trump and the policies of his Republican Party.
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A police spokeswoman said the two are residents of Canada but it is not yet known whether they have Canadian citizenship. The Turkish foreign ministry officially "invited" the USA ambassador in for discussions after the announcement.
"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in a statement Friday.
Griner and Bailey have been hailed as heroes after taking down the shooter.
The 66-year-old of Belleville, Illionis, opened fire early Wednesday morning at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where GOP lawmakers were practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game.
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She also added that By the Grace of God was also inspired by her break up with her ex husband, Russell Brand. Even Twitter came out to share a post in honor of the California Girls singer.