Trump Attacks Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester During Visit
HELENA – September 7, 2018
President Donald Trump recently visited Montana, taking the visit as an opportunity to heap criticism on the state's current representative, Democratic senator Jon Tester, local media reports.
10 thousand people at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on Thursday heard Trump’s attack on Tester over the failed nomination of Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson as the Head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Tester, a ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, made public allegations in April of inappropriate behavior by Jackson, which was sharply met both by the Republican party and President Trump in particular.
“Admiral Jackson, his reputation was attacked and all those horrible things that were said about him, they turned out to be lies and they turned out to be false,” Trump said
Current and former co-workers said Jackson gave prescriptions without paperwork, was intoxicated while on duty and once drove drunk and wrecked a government vehicle. The Pentagon's Office of the Inspector General opened an investigation into Jackson's behavior. Though Trump said the allegations against Jackson are false, the investigation's results are pending.
Trump’s speech also serves as support for the Republican candidate of the mid-term election, state auditor Matt Rosendale. Rosendale is running this November against Senator Tester. The state of Montana is strategically important for Trump, since this is one of 10 states Trump won in 2016 which Democrats are seeking re-election this year.