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Trump gives extended shoutout to Jim Jordan at Ohio GOP dinner

Trump gives extended shoutout to Jim Jordan at Ohio GOP dinner

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoaquín Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony MORE on Friday praised Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanComey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant Republicans missed best shot on keeping promise to cut spending Three Republicans battle to succeed Meadows at House Freedom Caucus MORE’s (R-Ohio) college wrestling career at Ohio's state Republican Party dinner.

“You know, people don’t know this about Jim, he was one of the best wrestlers ever in college wrestling. And when you see the way he fights, every time he fights I say to my wife, ‘look at that guy, that is tough.’ He lost one match in three years of college,” he said.

Jordan, a loyal Trump supporter, announced his bid to replace retiring Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection hacking will come to a ‘breaking point,’ says Dem strategist Webb: GOP must play prevent defense The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — George H.W. Bush lies in state | NRCC suffers major hack | Crunch-time for Congress MORE (R-Wis.) late last month. His bid for Speaker has been hampered in recent weeks by allegations from former wrestlers at Ohio State University (OSU) claiming that Jordan ignored reports of sexual abuse when he was a coach at OSU.

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Multiple former wrestlers have alleged that Jordan was aware of reported sexual abuse by OSU athletic doctor, Richard Strauss, from the mid-1970s to 1990s. Those wrestlers have alleged that there is no way Jordan could not have been aware of such abuse given the frequency with which it was discussed.

“Jordan definitely knew that these things were happening — yes, most definitely. It was there. He knew about it because it was an everyday occurrence,” former wrestler David Range said.

Jordan has denied claims he was aware of any abuse and called the timing of the allegations, which surfaced around the time he announced his Speakership bid, “suspect.”