On Sunday morning, United States President Donald Trump continued to push his message of “fake news” by tweeting a WWE video of himself from WrestleMania 23 when he attacked Vince McMahon during the Hair vs. Hair Battle of the Billionaires Match between Bobby Lashley (with Trump) and Umaga (with McMahon and Armando Alejandro Estrada).
In the edited version of the video, Trump tackles and beats up the CNN figure (McMahon) before getting up and walking away.
“#FraudNewsCNN #FNN,” Trump said in the tweet, which lacked any further context.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
While the origin of the edited version of the WWE clip is unclear, it was posted on a pro-Trump Reddit thread four days ago.
Trump has long been associated with WWE and was inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame in 2013.
The CNN public relations department responded to the president with a tweet that quoted his own deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
"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
In a statement, CNN called it 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,” CNN’s statement continued. “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.”