Trump to Scalise: Being shot was a 'hell of a way to lose weight'
In a victory speech Wednesday celebrating the passage of the GOP tax bill, President Trump joked while recognizing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that being shot was "a hell of a way to lose weight."
Scalise was among four people shot by a gunman in June at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. He spent four months in the hospital recovering from near-death wounds before returning to Congress.
From the White House, Trump ribbed Scalise for losing weight during his recovery:
"Steve Scalise, he's braver than all of us. Oh boy, I don't know, you had a rougher year than most of us. It's a hell of a way to lose weight, Steve. Not in a good way. We love you Steve."↓ Advertisement ↓
Trump praised other Republican lawmakers at the pep-rally style event for the Republican victory, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Congratulations to Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Brady, Steve Scalise, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and all great House Republicans who voted in favor of cutting your taxes!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2017
USA Today contributed to this report.