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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE on Friday praised Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRepublicans spend more than million at Trump properties GOP lawmakers lay out border security proposals for DHS Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers seek 'time out' on facial recognition tech | DHS asks cybersecurity staff to volunteer for border help | Judge rules Qualcomm broke antitrust law | Bill calls for 5G national security strategy 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 RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 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.”