- Scalise remains in critical condition following Wednesday's shooting
- Trump: "We all owe Steve a big, big thank you"
"My dear friend Steve Scalise took a bullet for all of us and because of him -- and all the tremendous pain and suffering he has endured, he is having a hard time, far worse than anyone thought -- our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important," Trump said.
Scalise, who remains in critical condition but has improved
, was shot in the left hip and suffered damage to internal organs.
"We all owe Steve a big, big thank you," Trump added.
Trump's comments came at the beginning of his speech in Miami Friday announcing a partial rollback of ties
to Cuba -- reversing changes made by President Barack Obama's administration.