Trump Praises Montana GOP Congressman for Body Slamming Reporter

Speaking to supporters at a campaign-style rally in Missoula, Montana, on Thursday, Trump praised Gianforte's wrestling skills, drawing cheers and laughs from the crowd.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday praised a US congressman who assaulted a reporter, making light of the attack.

Mr Trump said: "Any guy that can do a body slam - he's my kind of guy".

On Mr Biden challenging him to a fight, Mr Trump said, "He'd be down, faster than Greg would take him down". "Look, I have always been concerned about the President's language on a lot of these things. And we endorsed Greg very early, but I had heard he body-slammed a reporter".

"That's really why I'm here", Trump said. "And then I said, 'Wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him.' And it did".

"You love my hair?" the president said, smiling and pointing to a woman in the audience.

Trump, amid outcry over missing Saudi journalist, praises GOP congressman for body slamming reporter - Los Ang
"He's My Kind Of Guy": Trump Praises Congressman Who Assaulted Reporter

"President Trump's explicit praise for Rep. Greg Gianforte's criminal assault on a reporter marks a startling new low in terms of the White House's open hostility toward the press", Suzanne Nossel, the group's CEO, said Friday. He paid a $385 fine and completed 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counseling. The Guardian has also reacted to the news, noting that the USA president had applauded "the assault of an American journalist".

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Guardian newspaper have called on the U.S. president to apologise. Eyewitnesses from Fox News, who were there that day to interview the congressional candidate, later recalled that Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck, slammed him into the ground and started punching the journalist. "We hope decent people will denounce these comments and that the president will see fit to apologize for them".

Mr. Trump was introduced by U.S.

The Guardian US editor John Mulholland took aim at Trump's remarks.

Trump's overt praise of a representative physically assaulting a journalist would never be okay, but the timing feels even more precarious given the presumed murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.


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