WH press group condemns attack on cameraman at Trump rally

A man is restrained after he began shoving members of the media during a rally for President Donald Trump at the El Paso County Coliseum, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

WASHINGTON — The White House Correspondents' Association condemned on Tuesday an attack the night before of a television cameraman working at President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas.

The association's president, Olivier Knox, said Tuesday the group is relieved that "this time, no one was seriously hurt."

Knox said the president should make clear to his supporters that violence against reporters is unacceptable.

There was a brief scuffle on a press platform away from the stage on Monday night, when a man began shoving members of the news media and was restrained.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president "condemns all acts of violence against any individual or group of people — including members of the press."

"We ask that anyone attending an event do so in a peaceful and respectful manner," Sanders said.

Eleanor Montague, the Washington news editor for the British Broadcasting Company tweeted that BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was attacked at the rally and is doing fine. She said the crowd "had been whipped up into a frenzy against the media" by the president and other speakers. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Donald Trump Jr., were also among the speakers at the rally, which focused on border security.

Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of Trump's re-election campaign, said an individual "involved in a physical altercation with a news cameraman" was removed from the rally. He praised "the swift action from venue security and law enforcement officers."

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