Donald dumped: Trump's Home Alone 2 scene 'cut for time'
US President Donald Trump has joked the 1992 movie Home Alone 2 “will never be the same” after his cameo appearance was cut by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
CBC has defended editing out Trump from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York during its latest televised screening.
Responding to the social media tizzy over the edits in the latest airing of the 27-year-old movie, CBC says Trump’s scene was cut for time, and that it was removed long before the 2016 US presidential election.
The scene causing the hubbub shows Macaulay Culkin’s character Kevin wandering through The Plaza hotel in New York and stopping to ask Trump for directions to the lobby.
The cameo is Trump’s only scene in the film.
Among those who criticised the scene’s removal, the hosts of Fox & Friends discussed the edits on air, calling the move “censorship”.
The president has now responded on Twitter, saying: “The movie will never be the same! (just kidding).”
In a separate tweet, he also appeared to jokingly suggest his cameo was cut by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“I guess Justin T doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!” he said.
Earlier, his son, Donald Trump Jr, tweeted a link to a conservative blog post on the issue that accused the CBC of “left-wing bias”.
A CBC spokesperson has since clarified that the scene was “one of several” that were cut for time, since they were not crucial to the plot of the movie, and that they were edited out five years ago.
“As is often the case with feature films adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited for time,” CBC head of public affairs Chuck Thompson told Variety.com.
“The scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot. These edits were done in 2014 when we first acquired the film and before Mr. Trump was elected President.”