Trump Says CNN Took Mock Body-slam Video 'Too Seriously'

Trump renewed his criticism of CNN and U.S. media when discussing the video, which critics said encouraged violence against journalists

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017.
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President Donald Trump, asked about a mock video he tweeted that depicted him tackling and punching a man with the logo of CNN super-imposed on his head, said on Thursday the news network had taken the issue "too seriously". 

Speaking at a news conference in Poland, Trump renewed his criticism of CNN and U.S. media when discussing the video, which critics said encouraged violence against journalists.

Trump tweeted the spoof video of himself body-slamming CNN in an apparent boast of his "defeat" of CNN on Sunday. The video had first been uploaded to subreddit The_Donald, a group popular with the so-called Alt-right, by Reddit user HanAssholeSolo. HanAssholoSolo later issued an apology, stating that the video was supposed to be light-hearted "satire."