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Trump praises lawmaker for assaulting reporter

Trump's praises 'body slam' assault of Guardian journalist CNN's Chris Cuomo Challenges ‘Weak’ Greg Gianforte To 'Come Body-Slam Me'
Jeannette Daniel | 21 October, 2018, 18:03

Trump called Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) a "tough cookie" and joked that one should "never wrestle" with him, a reference to the time Gianforte bodyslammed The Guardian's Ben Jacobs for persistently asking him questions about healthcare while on the campaign trail in 2017.

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

At the rally in Montana, however, Mr. Trump said of his own comments regarding Mr. Gianforte's actions: "I shouldn't say that", but then went on to say, "You know, that's nothing to be embarrassed about". The attack occurred on the eve of Gianforte's election a year ago, when Jacobs approached him to ask him a question about healthcare.

"People that bodyslam the president - maybe that's my kind of guys", Tyler said.

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Cuomo dubbed Gianforte "weak" over the attack for which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault because he assaulted "someone who wasn't a threat".

While in a statement, the Guardian's US editor John Mulholland said: "To celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the first amendment [of the US Constitution] by someone who has taken an oath to defend it".

Mr Trump made no mention during the rally of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi Arabian journalist who disappeared earlier this month and who Saudi Arabia last night admitted died in its consulate in Istanbul.

He added the incident: "runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists".

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