Thursday 14 December 2017

Trump takes 'war on media' to new level with controversial video

Donald Trump has taken his
Donald Trump has taken his "war on media" to a new level with his latest controversial tweet. Photo: Twitter
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Donald Trump has taken his "war on media" to a new level with his latest controversial tweet.

In his latest attack against "fake news", Trump tweeted a video of himself at a WWE match beating up a person whose head has been replaced by the CNN logo.

The tweet also includes the words “#FraudNewsCNN#FNN.”

The clip originally showed Trump attacking WWE boss Vince McMahon during WrestleMania 23 in 2007.

The edited clip was first shared on Reddit before Trump posted it on Twitter.

CNN’s Jim Acosta immediately hit out at Trump’s video, tweeting: “Isn’t pro wrestling fake?”

The US president's son, Donald Trump Jr., replied: “Yes, just like your coverage.”

In response to the controversial tweet, CNN posted a quote from Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying that “the president in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary."

A CNN spokespoerson said: "It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the president had never done so."

Trump shared the doctored video after criticising the media during a speech Saturday night ahead of America's July 4 holiday.

“The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House but I’m president and they’re not,” Trump said. “The dishonest media will never keep us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf our great American people. It will never happen. Their agenda is not your agenda.”

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