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The Drum

President Trump escalates bitter Twitter feud with CNN with violent tweet

Trump escalates bitter Twitter feud with CNN with violent tweet

Donald Trump has ratcheted up the aggression in his latest tirade against broadcaster CNN by doctoring wrestling footage in a tweet to apparently show him body-slamming a man with a ‘CNN’ logo superimposed on his head to the floor, before letting loose a series of punches and calmly walking away.

The Twitter clip drew immediate outrage, predominantly from Democrats, with many decrying not just the overt depiction of violence against a media outlet but also the badly judged timing, coming on the eve of America’s 4 July Independence Day celebrations.

Trump has been embroiled in a bitter war of words with the news organisation since becoming president, dismissing it as ‘fake news’, a theme continued in the latest missive which was appended ‘#FraudNewsCNN’ and ‘#FNN.’

Despite the controversy, homeland security advisor Tom Bossert sought to defend his boss, by claiming that Trump was communicating with the American public in a ‘genuine’ way. He added: “I think that no one would perceive that as a threat. I hope they don’t.”

In response CNN said in a statement: “It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”

President Trump’s tweets, even those deleted and edited, are being saved in perpetuity by the White House for future generations to ponder.