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


President Donald Trump prompted cheers from a crowd at a rally in Montana on Thursday night when he touted body-slamming Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), saying, "Any guy that can do a bodyslam, he's my kind of guy".

"By the way, never wrestle him", Trump said, referring to Gianforte's assault on The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

Trump's comment was a reference to when Gianforte body-slammed a reporter in 2017 who got up in his face. "He's my guy", Trump declared, doing his best impression of a wrestling move to raucous applause and cheers from his Montana audience. Trump said on Thursday that it "certainly looks" as though Khashoggi is dead.

"That's really why I'm here", Trump said.

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.

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

With the worldwide community's attention and horror still centered on the Saudi regime's alleged torture, murder, and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi just over two weeks ago, U.S. President Donald Trump took the stage at a rally in Montana Thursday night and unleashed a lengthy and "chilling" tirade in support of a GOP congressman who violently assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs past year for the crime of asking questions about healthcare policy.

Trump said he could take Biden - and in quicker fashion than Gianforte assaulted Jacobs.

After his election in May 2017, 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.

The comment comes at the same time as the administration responds to the disappearance and apparent murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.