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Trump praises Greg Gianforte for a “great win in Montana” following altercation with reporter

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TAORMINA, Italy — President Donald Trump is praising the Republican who won Montana’s special House race Thursday for his “Great win in Montana.”

Republican Greg Gianforte won his race despite having been charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly slamming a reporter to the ground.

Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs said Gianforte “body slammed” him and broke his glasses at a Wednesday event.

Trump offered his comments during the G-7 summit it Sicily Friday.

Gianforte will fill the seat once held by Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.