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    Donald Trump's crusade against several mainstream media outlets has continued on Sunday with the US President posting a video of himself "beating" a person whose face has been replaced by a CNN logo.

    Trump abstained from explaining why he posted such footage and added only the hashtags #FraudNewsCNN and #FNN.

    Trump's "attack" on CNN took place outside of a boxing ring. The original event took place during WrestleMania 23 in 2007. The man whose head was replaced by the CNN logo is Vince McMahon, the tournament's executive director, who organized the fight with Trump as a publicity stunt. The future US President then won the fight and after that shaved the head of the defeated McMahon.

    CNN mocked Trump's tweet citing White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders as saying that the US president "in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence."

    Twitter users were also quick to react with many criticizing such move by the US leader and very few supporting it.

    ​Earlier, Trump wrote on Twitter that he is "thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!"

    "The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media — but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat , and did. We will continue to WIN!" he added.

    Trump was supposedly refering to the recent scandal involving CNN when the media outlet took down on June 24 an article that suggested the US Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into the meeting of Trump's aide Anthony Scaramucci and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) CEO Kirill Dmitriev. The article was retracted, while three CNN reporters who worked on the story resigned.

    Since Trump assumed office, many US media outlets, including CNN, have accused the US president's team of having ties to the Kremlin. Trump has refuted these allegations and labelled the media involved in these speculations "fake news."

    Previously, the US president also slammed "failing" The New York Times, as well as CNN, NBC ABC, CBS over allegedly being "the enemy of the American People" and several other US media outlets over "fake news" reports.

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