BBC cameraman 'violently pushed' by Donald Trump supporter at rally

A BBC cameraman was "violently pushed" by a supporter of US President Donald Trump at a rally in Texas on Monday (local time).

Mr Trump held a rally at El Paso, Texas on Monday to talk about his vision for his proposed border wall and the benefits for a city like El Paso of having the wall constructed.

During the US President's speech, BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was "violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd", according to a BBC statement provided to US media.

Video from the BBC employee's camera shakes and seems to fall in the scuffle, before showing a man in a Make America Great Again hat yelling at various cameramen and screaming "USA".

The BBC reports that Mr Trump saw the attack and confirmed Mr Skeans was fine with a thumbs up, but Eleanor Montague, the BBC Washington News Editor, tweeted that the President had "whipped" the crowd into a "frenzy against the media".

"To all those who asked after the cameraman, Ron is fine," Ms Montague later tweeted.

The man was booed by the crowd afterwards before being taken away by security.

The broadcasting company has also written to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders seeking a review of security for media attending the President's event.

In an opinion piece posted after the incident, Jon Sopel, the BBC's North America editor, said he wasn't surprised or shocked by it.

"I covered endless Trump rallies in the run-up to the election and since - and there is a pattern," he said. "The attacks on the media are hugely popular with his supporters."

Last year CNN Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted a video of a crowd at a rally in Tampa, Florida yelling insults at the media pack.

"I'm very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt," he said at the time.


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