CNN says video Trump tweeted of him beating up the network 'encourages violence against reporters'

CNN issued a fiery response on Sunday to President Trump sharing a doctored video of him beating up the cable news giant, saying the clip "encourages violence against reporters."

"It is 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 said in a statement, referring to the White House spokesperson's claim this week that Trump has never "promoted or encouraged violence."

The president tweeted a 22-second clip on Sunday morning that shows Trump pouncing on and punching WWE CEO Vince McMahon with CNN's logo edited over McMahon's face.

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@MikeTokes @realDonaldTrump Something is seriously wrong with the President of the United States. We all need to be concerned.
@eugenegu @MikeTokes @realDonaldTrump This. Nothing about this is humorous. It's chilling. We are watching the lead…
@realDonaldTrump How is this real life?
@realDonaldTrump "Our culture has gotten too mean" - Melania Trump
There was a time when Bill Clinton was called unpresidential for playing the saxophone on TV.
Isn't pro wrestling fake?
Amazing how much time and energy @POTUS is devoting to health care. All those tweets this weekend and that health care rally last night
@realDonaldTrump "The President in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, qu…
The president of the United States, instead of dealing with health care, ISIS, or the economy today, is tweeting out revenge porn.
welp, good to know i can still be shocked

CNN criticized the president for continuing to battle with the media "instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill."

"We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his."

The president has been extremely active on Twitter over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, slamming "Morning Joe" hosts as "crazy" and "dumb as a rock." While also defending his controversial social media presence, saying it's partly why he's president.

"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 #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!" Trump said in a series of tweets.

Trump also refuted critics who say his tweets are not presidential. "My use of social media is not Presidential - it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!"

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