Trump praises Republican congressman for body slamming journalist

Trump jokes about congressman assaulting reporter: 'Any guy who can do a body slam ... he's my guy'

At a campaign rally in Montana tonight, Trump first said "never wrestle him", after calling Gianforte up on stage.

It also came amid global furor over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this month. But, Trump said he is "waiting for the results" of investigations being conducted by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, after which he pledged to make "a very strong statement". "There's nothing to be embarrassed about", Trump said.

Gianforte pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in June 2017 and said in an apology letter that he alone was responsible for the attack.

Representative Greg Gianforte, who made brief remarks at the rally with Trump, was ordered to perform community service as part of his sentence for attacking Ben Jacobs, a correspondent for Britain's Guardian newspaper, on May 24, 2017, the day before a special election to fill Montana's sole congressional seat. Gianforte admitted Jacobs had done nothing wrong.


Jacobs alleged that Gianforte "body slammed" him in response to a question about healthcare, breaking his glasses.

President Trump praised Rep. I think it might help him. I know Montana pretty well.

"In the aftermath of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, it runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists both here and across the world where they often face far greater threats", Mulholland said. Turkish authorities say that he was murdered in the consulate, and his apparent grisly killing has turned attention to the USA relationship to the regime of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "We hope decent people will denounce these comments and that the President will see fit to apologize for them".

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