What is he, 12?! President Donald Trump tweeted a video of himself punching someone with a CNN logo over their face. This is just the latest in his fight against the “fake news” media that he has been waging since he first started campaigning for president.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
The footage is from a staged spectacle back in 2007 of Donald Trump throwing WWE head Vince MacMahon to the ground in their “battle of the billionaires.” He has now branded CNN the “Fraud News Network,” or FNN.
Thomas Bossert, a homeland security adviser to Trump, was asked about the tweet on ABC’ News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos, he said:
“My first reaction to that tweet would be the same as any of the President’s tweets: there’s a lot of cable news shows that reach directly into hundreds of thousands of viewers and they’re really not always fair to the President.”
“No one would perceive that as a threat, I hope they don’t. But I do think that he’s beaten up in a way on cable programs that he has a right to respond to.”
CNN replied with the following tweet:
"The President in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary." – @SHSanders45 6/29/17
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) July 2, 2017
CNN’s official statement said:
“Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the President had never done so. Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is instead involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”
Featured image via Twitter video.