CNN accused President Donald Trump of encouraging violence against journalists after he posted a video on social media showing himself body slamming and repeatedly punching a man with the cable news network's logo superimposed on his face.
In the latest escalation of his war with the US news media the footage showed Mr Trump during a choreographed appearance attacking a rival at WrestleMania in 2007.
Mr Trump stayed on the attack later in the day, stating on Twitter that "the dishonest media will NEVER keep us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf of our GREAT AMERICAN PEOPLE!"
"It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters," CNN responded in a statement. Carl Bernstein, the Watergate journalist who is now a CNN commentator, called the video "very disturbing".