Trump Checks On BBC Cameraman Attacked By Supporter At His Rally

A man is restrained after he began shoving members of the media during a rally for President Donald Trump in El Paso Texas

A BBC cameraman was assaulted in an "incredibly violent attack" as President Donald Trump was accused of whipping his rally into a "frenzy" against the media in Texas. Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff, ' O'Donoghue told the Today programme.

Describing what unfolded, he said a Trump supporter got on to the reporters' platform, and pushed the camera into his colleague, before continuing to push Skeans.

The BBC reporter said her cameraman was shoved and his camera knocked over by the man who can be seen wearing a cap with the president's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

The video shows the attacker being restrained and subsequently removed from the media section.

Mr Trump saw the attack and confirmed Mr Skeans was well with a thumbs up after it happened.

The man is heard shouting "f*** the media" before he is escorted away by the man in a black t-shirt.

Mr Skeans said the "very hard shove" came from his blindside. The president could see the incident and checked with us that all was OK, ' she said.

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Mr O'Donoghue added that he had been "spat at before". "It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job".

The American president has a strained relationship with the media.

It comes amid a series of stinging attacks on the press by Trump, branding the "fake news" the "enemy of the people".

Last August UN experts warned Mr Trump's attacks "increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence", calling his rhetoric "strategic".

Footage captured from Mr Skeans' camera was posted online and revealed the moment of the attack.

Trump's rally in El Paso was also his first direct clash with potential 2020 presidential rival Beto O'Rourke.

"The arena holds 8,000 and thank you fire department, they got in about 10 (thousand)", he said. "Tens of thousands of people are watching screens outside".

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