Democrat criticizes Trump for no comment on ‘violently assaulted’ reporter
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Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE on Sunday for calling members of the press "the enemy" and declining to comment on a Republican congressional candidate's assault on a reporter last week.

"No comment at all from Donald Trump on the incident in which a reporter was violently assaulted last week. 'The enemy,'" Beyer wrote on Twitter, quoting an earlier tweet from the president.

During his trip abroad and after returning to Washington on Saturday, Trump remained silent on a Wednesday episode in which Republican Greg Gianforte, a candidate in Montana's special House election, allegedly body slammed a reporter after being asked a question about the American Health Care Act.


Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault for the attack, which happened the day before the election. Despite the charge, Gianforte narrowly beat Democrat Rob Quist.

On his first full day back in Washington, Trump blasted the media in a pair of tweets on Sunday over their use of anonymous sources. He also resurrected his previous accusation that members of the media are "the enemy."

Democrats have accused Trump in recent days of propagating and promoting harsh — and potentially violent — treatment of journalists. The president himself has maintained a combative relationship with the press, and has often called reporters and media outlets "dishonest" and "fake news."