President Trump on Sunday tweeted a video of him body-slamming World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman Vince McMahon whose face was replaced by the CNN logo.
The tweet, which said, “#FraudNewsCNN #FNN,” linked to a video of him decking, beating and then shaving off McMahon’s hair, the husband of Linda McMahon, Trump’s head of the Small Business Administration during a stunt at WrestleMania XXIII in 2007.
In a statement, CNN recalled comments from White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders last week that the president doesn’t condone violence against the media.
“‘The President in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary.’ – @SHSanders45 6/29/17,” the CNN statement said.
She was responding to questions about Trump’s remarks on Twitter last Thursday when he said MSNBC co-host Mika Brzezinski had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a visit to his exclusive Florida resort Mar-a-Lago in January.
Trump has been in the ring with CNN and other news outlets since the cable news network retracted a story that linked an associate of his with a Russian bank.
Three CNN employees also resigned over the article.
”So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!,” Trump wrote last Tuesday, as he continued his feud with the country’s media outlets.
He also suggested CNN change it’s name to FNN – “Fake News Network.”
Trump and McMahon’s stunt happened during the “Battle of the Billionaires” at WrestleMania XXIII in Detroit in April 2007.