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US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Washington- US President Donald Trump has led an attack against the media through posting a video on Twitter that shows him beating up a man with a CNN logo on his face.

The video goes back to ten years and was prepared specifically to welcome Trump in an occasion for free wrestling amateurs. The video was published one week after a fierce attack spearhead by journalists in MSNBC, triggering responses from Democrats and Republicans.

The 28-second video shows Trump taking down a man whose face was covered by the CNN logo and hitting him repeatedly on his head.

Again, the US president held huge US media outlets responsible for spreading “hatred” against him and he justified his intensive use of social networks as a way to respond to his critics. Trump continued his attack on two MSNBC journalists after his tweets sparked off a debate among political and media circles.

On Saturday, he tweeted: “Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!”. Trump and these two presenters exchanged attacks.

However, Trump’s attacks were not restricted to the two presenters but extended to the media in general –he tweeted: “Word is that @Greta Van Susteren was let go by her out of control bosses at @NBC & @Comcast because she refused to go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’”

In another tweet on Saturday, the US president expressed delight for the criticism CNN witnessed due to its made-up news. Three journalists resigned because of a false article published on June 22 then retracted the second day. Trump mocked the channel saying: “I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!”

He responded to those accusing him of not behaving as a president by tweeting: “My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!”