Thursday 27 July 2017

CNN hits back at Trump’s wrestling video, saying it’s ‘below the dignity of the office’

The news network called for the president to step up to his job.

President Donald Trump speaks during the Celebrate Freedom event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
President Donald Trump speaks during the Celebrate Freedom event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By Isabel Togoh

CNN has denounced Donald Trump’s “juvenile behaviour” after the US president tweeted a video depicting him appearing to punch a man with the organisation’s logo over his face.

In an official statement which follows Trump’s mocked-up clip on Sunday from a wrestling event alongside the hashtags “#FraudNewsCNN” and “#FNN”, the US news company said he was encouraging violence against reporters.

“It’s a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” CNN said.

The statement continued: “He is involved in juvenile behaviour far below the dignity of his office.

“We will continue to keep doing our jobs, he should start doing his.”

Trump has come under fire in recent days from both Republicans and Democrats for launching personal attacks on the hosts of an MSNBC show, Morning Joe.

In a series of scathing tweets mocking the presenters’ personal appearance, he wrote:

True to form, Trump defended his tweeting as “modern day presidential” on Sunday via Twitter. Where else.

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