Paul Ryan on GOP Call With Steve Scalise: 'Very Emotional'

House speaker says congressman must 'relearn' how to walk after shooting
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2017 9:30 AM CDT
Paul Ryan on GOP Call With Steve Scalise: 'Very Emotional'
In this May 17, 2017, file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Steve Scalise has had a rough go of it since he was shot during a baseball game in June, but the congressman has been slowly making headway in his recuperation, and Paul Ryan offered more insight Monday night into Scalise's condition, CBS News reports. The House speaker appeared at a CNN town hall and told moderator Jake Tapper that Scalise has had about 10 surgeries so far from the "pretty bad shot" he took and that his recovery is "going to be a while." "We almost lost him that day," Ryan said, adding that Scalise would eventually regain his walking abilities, but that "he's just got to relearn how to do it."

Ryan also described a conference call earlier Monday—a call Politico said was a "surprise—between Scalise, whom he called a "very close friend," and House Republicans as "very emotional." "They were just elated to hear his voice," Ryan said. "And he sounded great, he sounded strong. … I call him Steve-O [and] he sounded like Steve-O." Scalise told his fellow GOPers he didn't know yet when he'd be discharged from rehab and that he'd rely on his doctors' advice as to when he could return to his post as House majority whip. He also headed to Twitter after the town hall to show his gratitude for all of the kind words and support. "Thanks @SpeakerRyan and @JakeTapper for the prayers and encouragement - looking forward to being back when I'm able," he tweeted. (More Steve Scalise stories.)

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