Trump blasts Tester at Montana rally: 'He loves the swamp'

Trump blasts Tester at Montana rally: 'He loves the swamp'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE bashed Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Overnight Defense: Trump officials say efforts to deter Iran are working | Trump taps new Air Force secretary | House panel passes defense bill that limits border wall funds MORE (D-Mont.) during a campaign rally in his home state of Montana on Thursday night, accusing the incumbent senator of embracing the "swamp" in Washington, D.C.

“Jon Tester will never drain the swamp because he happens to live in the swamp and he loves the swamp,” Trump said in Billings, Mont., while touting Tester's Senate GOP rival Matt Rosendale.

"The problem is he’s never going to vote for me,” Trump added, referring to Tester.

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“Don’t forget, Tester’s going to vote with the Waters and the Pelosi's. Can you believe it, Maxine Waters is the new leader in the party…she is something. But he’s going to vote for Schumer, he’s going to do whatever they say…Their policies are horrible,” he said.

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“Jon Tester talks like he’s from Montana, but he votes like he’s Nancy Pelosi," Trump added.

Trump also slammed Tester for his handling of the failed confirmation of Dr. Ronny Jackson as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Tester, as ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, announced allegations of misconduct made against Jackson by coworkers. 

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Tester's campaign issued a statement that steered clear of criticizing Trump while highlighting the president's praise for bills advocated by Tester.

“Thank you to President Trump for once again praising the work Jon Tester has done reducing regulations, fighting for veterans, and working to hold the VA accountable," Tester campaign manager Christie Roberts said in a statement.

"We urge the President to sign Jon’s 19th bill that currently sits on his desk. While Jon keeps fighting for Montana, Matt Rosendale continues to look out for himself rather than stand up for Montana."

During his rally Thursday night, Trump praised Tester’s opponent Rosendale, the Montana state auditor and former member of the state legislature.

“Very, very important that we elect Matt, and frankly other republicans,” Trump said.

Rosendale briefly came to the podium to heap praise upon Trump, saying, “This crowd is all here for you, and what a crowd it is."

"Thank you for fighting for us and for always putting America first. Montana is going to right a wrong this November and we’re going to send you the conservative reinforcements you need to continue your good work,” he said. 

"My promise to each and every one of you is that I will always put Montana first and stick with president trump to make sure we advance his agenda."

Rosendale went on to tout Trump’s immigration policies, vow to only serve two terms in the Senate and announced the National Rifle Association's endorsement of his campaign.

Tester is one of 10 Democratic senators running for reelection in states Trump won in 2016. Two polls show him with a single-digit lead over Rosendale, and the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race as as "likely" Democrat.