The Latest: Trump Jr. calls Tester a ‘piece of garbage’

October 27, 2018 GMT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump Jr.’s campaign trip to Montana. (all times local):

7:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump’s eldest son is calling Sen. Jon Tester “a piece of garbage” for the Montana Democrat’s role in sinking the nomination of the president’s first choice to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Donald Trump Jr. made his comments Friday in Helena during an eight-stop, two-day campaign trip campaigning for Tester’s challenger, Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale.

In April, Tester released allegations against VA nominee Ronny Jackson accusing him of drunken behavior, overprescribing prescription drugs and fostering a hostile work environment. Jackson denied the allegations, which are under investigation.

On Friday, the younger Trump said, “Where’s the accountability to Jon Tester who did that? Because that makes you a piece of garbage in my mind.”

Tester spokesman Chris Meagher said if Trump wants to talk about being out of touch with Montana, he should start with Rosendale and his “garbage record” as state auditor and a legislator.


1:45 p.m.

Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale is on an eight-city campaign tour through western Montana with the president’s eldest son.

The tour launched Friday morning in Bozeman. It’s Donald Trump Jr.’s third trip to the state in support of Rosendale’s campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.

Trump is traveling with his girlfriend, former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle.

After Bozeman, they planned to hold rallies in Butte, Helena and Great Falls.

On Saturday, they are traveling to Kalispell, Ronan, Missoula and Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Tester launched his own campaign tour Friday with a rally in Billings. He also planned stops Friday in Bozeman and Butte.

On Saturday, Tester will be in Great Falls to speak to the Montana Farmers Union and for a rally with Democratic U.S. House candidate Kathleen Williams.