"I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in. he was as critical as you can be when he came in".
MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava speaks during a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, during a congressional baseball practice.
Sava declined to put a timeline on when that would happen or when Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hospital.
"My dear friend Steve Scalise took a bullet for all of us", Trump said.
Scalise underwent another surgery on Saturday and "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement. He said doctors have turned down Scalise's sedation levels enough that he has been able to respond to visiting family members.
Although Scalise was able to talk while lying injured on the ball field, he had gone into shock by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital and arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said.
Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were wounded on Wednesday when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats.
Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media.
A list of Republican lawmakers was found on Hodgkinson's body, CBS News reported, citing an unidentified USA official.
Brooks said the gunman had a list of GOP targets in his pocket, including himself, and he's concerned other deranged people may come after him.
The note was not considered an assassination list, the network said. He has required surgery several times since the shooting.
The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased. He says Hodgkinson told him Trump screwed up the nation "more than anyone in the history of this country".