Trump praises congressman who assaulted reporter

A Secret Service agent stands guard as President Trump speaks at Alumni Coliseum in Richmond Ky. on Oct. 13

President Donald Trump defended Republican Greg Gianforte at a rally in Montana on Thursday, after the congressman pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter a year ago.

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

After his election in May 2017, Mr Gianforte was sentenced to serve 40 hours of community service and attend 20 hours of anger management classes for throwing the reporter to the ground and breaking his glasses.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

President President Donald Trump arrives as the sun sets to speak at a campaign rally at Minuteman Aviation Hangar, October 18, 2018, in Missoula, Montana.

Mr Gianforte, 56, pleaded guilty to assaulting a journalist from the UK's Guardian newspaper on the eve of his election previous year.

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Trump's remarks at a rally in Montana come amid an global outcry over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who has been missing since entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, whom the president has said is likely dead. "I know Montana pretty well", Trump said.

The assault happened while Gianforte was campaigning to become a Montana congressman; he won the election the day after the assault.

"I shouldn't say that".

It also came amid worldwide furor over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this month.

On Mr Biden challenging him to a fight, Mr Trump said, "He'd be down, faster than Greg would take him down". "We hope decent people will denounce these comments and that the president will see fit to apologize for them".

Mr Trump raised the incident amid calls for a stronger response from his administration to reports that US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ambushed inside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, then tortured, killed and dismembered. Trump's comments mark the first time the president has openly and directly praised a violent act against a journalist on American soil.

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