Speaking to a Missoula event, Trump showered GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte with praise and recalled the candidate assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs past year for trying to ask a question.
Here's the video of Trump on Greg Gianforte body slamming Ben Jacobs: "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy".
His remarks come amid furore over fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi who is presumed to be murdered.
Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after he shoved a reporter to the ground during his campaign.
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Gianforte attacked Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for asking a question in May 2017, the day before Gianforte won a special election for Montana's only U.S. House seat. Trump said. "He's a great guy".
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. Gianforte admitted Jacobs had done nothing wrong.
"That's really why I'm here", Trump said. "He's going to lose the election", Mr Trump recalled. "And he was way up ... and I said - this is like the day of the election - I said, oh this is awful, he's gonna lose the election...."
Mr Trump celebrated the episode as he introduced Montana Representative Greg Gianforte at a rally in Missoula, Montana, on Thursday evening (Oct 18). "I think it might help him, and it did'".
Mr Gianforte pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour assault charge in June 2017 and said in an apology letter that he alone was responsible for the attack.