Addressing a crowd of about 8,000 supporters on Thursday night, Trump said someone who performed a body-slam is "my guy". "I think it's pretty evident", he said.
At a campaign rally in Montana, Trump gleefully recounted the attack on reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian, when Gianforte grabbed the journalist by the neck and threw him to the ground. "Any guy that can do a body slam - he's my kind of, he's my guy".
"You understand that, never".
"Any guy that can do a body slam - he's my kind of guy", Trump said to cheers and laughter from the crowd."There's nothing to be embarrassed about", Trump said.
Asked about Trump's comments, Theresa May's spokeswoman said: "He obviously made comments at a political rally, and those are for him".
The next day, Mr Gianforte won a special election for Montana's US House seat. "But I had heard he body slammed a reporter".
At a campaign rally in Montana tonight, Trump first said "never wrestle him", after calling Gianforte up on stage.
"And then I said, well, wait a minute".
He was ordered to pay $385 (£304), complete 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counselling. The judge called Gianforte's actions "totally unacceptable" but gave him a six-month deferred sentence.
His remarks praising Mr Gianforte come amid an global furore over the apparent assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who allegedly had his fingers cut off and was decapitated inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. But it is not unreasonable to see how President Trump's constant harangue of "fake news" and dismissing the press as "enemy of the people" debases the fourth estate.
Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia and its leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, reportedly feared that his native county would retaliate against him.
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