Here's what Trump said at a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday: "Any guy that can do a body slam - he's my kind of guy".
"Any guy that can do a body slam, he is my type!" "And we endorsed Greg very early, but I had heard he body-slammed a reporter". This was the day of the election or just before, and I thought 'Oh, this is awful!
"Then I said, 'Well wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him.' And it did", the president said.
"Whatever the cause, if you are falsely smearing a missing man, trying to diminish the horror of a thuggish regime's alleged gruesome murder or yukking it up with a president celebrating violence against a reporter, it's time to rethink your politics", she concluded.
Mr. Trump was referring to an incident from May 2017, when Mr Gianforte's attacked Mr. Jacobs after the reporter had asked him a question on healthcare on the eve of a special election for the Congressional seat, which Mr. Gainforte won.
The CPJ on Friday demanded an apology from Trump, its advocacy director, Courtney Radsch, said: "We are disturbed once again to see President Trump standing up for those who would attack the press".
At a rally Thursday night in Montana, Trump and his supporters reveled in Rep.
The Guardian's Mulholland said "in the aftermath of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, [Trump's remarks at the campaign rally] run the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists both here and across the world where they often face far greater threats".
The Twitterverse exploded with condemnations, with many journalists and commentators saying Trump's comments were not appropriate in light of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance in Turkey allegedly at the hands of the Saudi government. At Montana rally, Trump praises congressman for assaulting reporter. "We should never shrug at the president cheerleading for a violent act targeting a free and independent news media".