"Never", Trump said. "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy".
"Let me just say on behalf of all of Montana, Mr. President, thank you for giving us hope again", said Gianforte at a rally in Missoula, Montana.
"Any guy who can do a body-slam". Given that Trump's under fire for his reaction to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, you'd think he might take it easy on the "violence against reporters" angle.
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He's going to probably over the next couple of hours - sometime prior to your show, but he will be getting back to me. On Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed the good news that the Saudis are open to cooperation.
"I was in Rome with leaders when I heard about it, and I heard that he body-slammed a reporter", Trump said. And he was way up...and I said, 'Oh, this is awful, he's going to lose the election'.
"I shouldn't say this", he said, then adding "there's nothing to be embarrassed about".
Tester is said to be one of the most vulnerable Democrats running to defend his seat in the midterms as President Trump enjoyed a dominant win in Montana in 2016.
The congressman had pleaded guilty to assaulting the journalist and was ordered to pay $385 (€345), complete 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counselling. "To celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the first amendment by someone who has taken an oath to defend it", the Guardian's USA editor John Mulholland said in a statement.
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Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who writes columns for the Washington Post , disappeared on 2 October after visiting the consulate. Benchmark Brent crude is trading at around $80 a barrel, and Trump has criticized OPEC and Saudi Arabia over rising prices.
His remarks come amid furore over fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi who is presumed to be murdered.
Knox added: "We should never shrug at the president cheerleading for a violent act targeting a free and independent news media".
Mr. Trump was introduced by U.S. "President Trump should use his platform to condemn press freedom abuses at home and overseas, not cheer on physical assaults of reporters".
Naturally, the Guardian wasn't pleased with Trump's words, with the newspaper's United States editor saying Trump's remarks run "the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists both here and across the world".
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Other regions of the United Kingdom were expected to remain largely dry, but strong winds were forecast. Very high seas are expected too , along with storm and possibly violent storm force winds at sea.
While outrage over Trump's remarks erupted on social media.