"Any guy who can do a body-slam. he's my guy", Mr. Trump said to a crowd of about 8,000 people at a campaign rally in Missoula, Montana, on Thursday evening, and proceeded to do a body-slam (a wrestling manoeuvre) gesture in the air, as he invited Mr. Gianforte to join him at the lectern.
"And I said, oh, this is awful. He's going to lose the election, '" Trump said.
Trump's comments come amid an investigation into the presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istambul more than two weeks ago.
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A bone saw was used to dismember Khashoggi's body and it was placed in handheld cases and transported back to Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi was killed within minutes and his torturers severed his fingers during the interrogation, the newspaper said.
Trump made the controversial comments during a rally in Billings, Montana, in support of GOP congressional candidate Matt Rosendale.
Gianforte later apologized for the attack and announced a $50,000 donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists, part of an agreement to settle any potential civil claims. The Guardian has also reacted to the news, noting that the USA president had applauded "the assault of an American journalist".
"Then I said, wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him, and it did", Trump added. Gianforte faced up to six months in jail for assaulting the reporter after Jacobs asked him about a Republican health care bill.
Trump recalled hearing about the incident while he was in Rome, and Gianforte was pulling ahead in the polls.
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Journalists from the USA and around the world were quick to express solidarity with the Guardian and condemned Trump's comments as "shocking" and those of a "psychopath".
"In the aftermath of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, it runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists both here and across the world where they often face far greater threats".
The literary organization PEN America filed a lawsuit this week alleging that Trump's actions against media organizations have "violated the First Amendment and his oath to uphold the Constitution".
"All Americans should recoil from the president's praise for a violent assault on a reporter doing his Constitutionally protected job".
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While outrage over Trump's remarks erupted on social media.