Trump to Scalise: Being shot was a 'hell of a way to lose weight'

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (C) heads towards the House chamber to vote on the tax overhaul bill December 19, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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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." 

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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. 

 

USA Today contributed to this report.