US President Donald Trump praised the wrestling skills of Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte, who body-slammed a Guardian reporter to the ground at a campaign event a year ago.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Guardian newspaper have called on the U.S. president to apologise.
Trump said "Any guy that can do a body slam. he's my guy", at a rally in Montana.
"Then I said, wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him, and it did", Trump added. Eyewitnesses from Fox News, who were there that day to interview the congressional candidate, later recalled that Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck, slammed him into the ground and started punching the journalist.
Still, there where some who supported Trump, noting that the journalist deserved to be body slammed over his actions. "There is nothing to be embarrassed about", Trump said.
Asked about Trump's comments, Theresa May's spokeswoman said: "He obviously made comments at a political rally, and those are for him".
Mr Trump referenced Rep Gianforte again later in the rally when discussing former Vice President Joe Biden, who once said he would "beat the hell out of" Mr Trump if they were in high school.
Trump's comments come amid an investigation into the presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istambul more than two weeks ago.
The UK PM's spokesperson has slammed Trump's praise for the congressman, adding that violence or intimidation against journalists is "completely unacceptable".
Trump raised the incident amid calls for a stronger response from his administration to reports that USA -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ambushed inside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, then tortured, killed and dismembered. "We should never shrug at the president cheerleading for a violent act targeting a free and independent news media". "To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies".
Saudi Arabia is the world's top oil exporter and spends lavishly on Western arms and is a major Sunni Muslim ally. Trump made the comment after he said Saudi King Salman strongly denied to him any knowledge of what happened.
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