U.S. President Donald Trump once again took aim at CNN. This time, he tweeted a video wherein he is seen body slamming a man with a CNN logo as a head. Is he really slamming CNN or hinting a Donald Trump WWE return?
Trump used a World Wrestling Entertainment footage to criticize CNN for its alleged “fake news” about him and his administration. The original clip was from WrestleMania 23 in 2007. Apparently, the video was first posted to a pro-Trump forum on Reddit a few days ago. The man whose head has been swapped for a CNN logo is the WWE CEO himself, Vince McMahon.
Trump shared the reanimated video on his Twitter account and captioned it, “#FraudNewsCNN #FNN.” It was also re-tweeted by the official presidential Twitter account, @POTUS, which is run by the White House. Is Trump launching a war on media or just teasing a comeback in the WWE ring? Either way, not everyone is pleased with his method.
CNN Reaction on Donald Trump WWE Tweet
CNN slammed the U.S. president for inciting violence against the media. In a statement, the news network said, “It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Clearly, [Deputy Press Secretary] 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.”
Trump critics also slammed the president for using the video in his feud with CNN. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said, “Violence and violent imagery to bully the press must be rejected.”
Donald Trump WWE History
Long before he became the 45th president of the U.S., the real-estate mogul had a long-standing relationship with WWE and a rivalry with its chairman. His Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J. hosted both WrestleMania IV and WrestleMania V. Since then, he became a familiar face at WWE events. He even appeared in WrestleMania VII and WrestleMania XX.
The Apprentice host finally got into action in January 2007 during his infamous encounter with McMahon. During that time, Trump interrupted McMahon’s Fan Appreciation Night on Raw by dropping tens of thousands of dollars from the roof beams of the arena onto the fans below. Furious McMahon then challenged Trump to a Battle of the Billionaires at WrestleMania 23 with the condition that the loser of the fight would have his head shaved bald.
More than 80,000 people watched the event at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on April 1, 2007. Trump took victory at Bobby Lashley’s ringside against McMahon’s Umaga. The WWE Chairman then had his head shaved in the center of the ring.
The Donald Trump WWE story deepened in June 2009 when he purchased Monday Night Raw. He announced that the show would air commercial-free and that every purchased ticket would be given a full refund. This forced McMahon to repurchase his show from Trump for twice the price. In 2013, Trump was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame.