US President Donald Trump tweets video that shows him ‘punching CNN’
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US President Donald Trump tweets video that shows him ‘punching CNN’

Digitally altered video from Trump’s personal handle sparks concerns that the American President was advocating use of violence against the media

world Updated: Jul 03, 2017 12:13 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Donald Trump, the President of United States of America, tweeted on Sunday a mock video showing him attack a man whose head was digitally replaced with American news channel CNN’s logo.

The tweet, from his personal account @realDonaldTrump, was met with disbelief and strong criticism, with many seeing it as an attempt by the President to advocate violence against the media.

The video seems to be from an old appearance that Trump made in an American wrestling entertainment event.

“Imagine the President of the US taking the time to make this...violently beating up the media. How terrifying and horrible,” said Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of Guardian, in a tweet.

Sunday’s tweet is the latest of tirades that Trump has launched against a section of the media.

Prior to it, Trump took aim at the press during an event to commemorate the American independence. “The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I’m President and they’re not. We won, and they lost,” Trump said during the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on Saturday.

Trump uses the term ‘fake media’ to refer to organisations such as the CNN and the New York Times, which have often reported on developments that showed the President in bad light.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 20:25 IST