CNN's Chris Cuomo Challenges ‘Weak’ Greg Gianforte To 'Come Body-Slam Me'

Blanche Robertson
October 21, 2018

Rick Santorum (PA) broke with Trump on Friday, and criticized the President for heaping praise on Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) for body slamming a reporter.

The violent incident happened on the 24 May a year ago when the Guardian's political correspondent, Ben Jacobs, asked Gianforte a question about healthcare policy in the course of a special congressional election in Montana.

In praising Gianforte, the strategist noted, Trump "essentially endorsed a crime".

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

At the time, Mr Gianforte pleaded guilty to the misdemeanour assault on Ben Jacobs and was given a 180-day suspended sentence, was required to do community service, pay a fine and attend anger management classes.

The British government has condemned USA president Donald Trump's praise of a Republican congressman who assaulted a Guardian journalist past year.

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He had also agreed to pay $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a non-profit, as part of settling civil claims with Mr. Jacobs.

The Congressman later sent a letter to Jacobs which offered a "sincere apology".

The Guardian's U.S. editor John Mulholland took aim at Trump's remarks.

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

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.

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