Trump praise for attack on Guardian reporter criticised by Downing Street

Aaron Brown
October 20, 2018

President Donald Trump has praised a Republican congressman for assaulting a reporter who asked him a question on the eve of a special election previous year. "He's a great guy, tough cookie".

President Donald Trump veered heavily off script Thursday night during a rally in Montana after a woman in the audience shouted: "I love your hair!"

"But then I said, 'Well wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him, ' and it did..."

Mr Gianforte pleaded guilty to assault after he body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for asking a question on healthcare legislation.

The reporter agreed not to sue Gianforte if he wrote a letter of apology and donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Still, there where some who supported Trump, noting that the journalist deserved to be body slammed over his actions.

Trump celebrated the episode as he introduced Montana Representative Greg Gianforte at a rally in Missoula, Montana, on Thursday evening.

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On Biden challenging him to a fight, Rep Trump said, "He'd be down, faster than Greg would take him down". "And we endorsed Greg very early, but I had heard he body-slammed a reporter".

He said the incident "runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists", coming at the same time as the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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

He added: "We hope decent people will denounce these comments and tht the president will see fit to apologise for them". Gianforte, a Republican elected Montana's congressman despite the violence, pleaded guilty past year to assault.

"In Washington he talks like he's from Montana and he votes like he's Nancy Pelosi", stated President Trump.

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. "We should never shrug at the president cheerleading for a violent act targeting a free and independent news media".

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