Donald Trump applauds Republican congressman Greg Gianforte for 'body-slamming' reporter

Oct 20, 2018, 00:53
Donald Trump applauds Republican congressman Greg Gianforte for 'body-slamming' reporter

Rick Santorum (PA) broke with Trump on Friday, and criticized the President for heaping praise on Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) for body slamming a reporter.

Recalling his fear that the 2017 assault could hinder Mr Gianforte's chances of winning the special congressional election that followed, Mr Trump told supporters: "I said wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him - and it did".

Gianforte later apologized to Jacobs and pledged a $50,000 donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

"Never", Trump said. "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy".

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He then went on to concede that "I shouldn't say this" before continuing to declare "there's nothing to be embarrassed about".

Following the 2017 attack, Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

Asked about Trump's comments, Theresa May's spokeswoman said: "He obviously made comments at a political rally, and those are for him. And we endorsed Greg very early, but I had heard he body-slammed a reporter".

Trump's comments come amid an investigation into the presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istambul more than two weeks ago.

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"The president of the United States tonight applauded the assault on an American journalist who works for the Guardian".

"Let me just say on behalf of all of Montana, Mr. President, thank you for giving us hope again", Gianforte said on Thursday night. Jon Tester, but it was his praise for House Greg Gianforte's physical assault on a reporter that stole the show.

Some even suggested that Trump's controversial statements, allegedly calling for violence against journalists, might be the reason why the case of the missing journalist of Saudi descent Jamal Khashoggi is not being thoroughly investigated by the US. "During a week when the world is riveted in horror at the brutal murder of a journalist by the Saudi government, Trump's remarks are a chilling reminder that USA global leadership on press freedom has collapsed utterly under the President's watch".

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