Trump, amid outcry over missing Saudi journalist, praises GOP congressman for body slamming reporter - Los Ang

Trump said Thursday "it certainly looks" like Khashoggi is dead.

While oblique, the criticism is relatively strong by the standards of Downing Street, which generally tries to play down condemnation of Trump's often erratic behaviour, mindful of wider UK-US ties as well as the president's promises about a post-Brexit trade deal.

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


At the rally, which took place in Montana, Trump said: "Any guy who can do a body slam, he's my guy", while mimicking the physical motion of a body slam. Jon Tester (D-Montana).

Trump's comment was a reference to when Gianforte body-slammed a reporter in 2017 who got up in his face. He went on to defeat his Democratic opponent.

Trump recalled that he was in Rome at the time of the incident, and he shared his initial thoughts: "This was awful". And he was way up...and I said, 'Oh, this is awful, he's going to lose the election'.


At a campaign rally in Missoula, Mr Trump lauded Representative Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanour assault for an attack on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. "He's going to lose the election". I know Montana pretty well. "And he was way up ... and I said - this is like the day of the election - I said, oh this is bad, he's gonna lose the election...." I think it might help him.

Trump made the comments in a speech that otherwise attacked Democrats for "mob" rule, and characterized himself as the candidate of "law and order".

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.


Riyadh is suspected of murdering Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and U.S. permanent resident whose writings have been critical of powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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