A Canadian broadcaster has defended editing Donald Trump out of its recent airing of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, saying the cut was not made for political reasons.
The 1992 film was shown by the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) on Christmas Eve, just hours after the current US president had told overseas service members that he was honoured to be in the movie.
"A lot of people mention it every year, especially around Christmas," said the former Celebrity Apprentice host.
"They say, 'I just saw you on the movie.' They don't see me on television as they do in the movie. It was an honour to do it."
Upon learning of his removal from the film for the CBC broadcast, Trump used Twitter to suggest the move was made by the Canadian Prime Minister.
"I guess Justin [Trudeau] doesn't much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!" he said.
But the CBC explained to CNN the scene was cut for duration, and had been made before 2014.
"The scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot," CBC said.
"These edits were done in 2014 when we first acquired the film and before Mr Trump was elected president."
However, despite when the edit was made and the reason for it, angry Trump supporters flooded Twitter with complaints.
"How much does the left hate Trump?" tweeted one person.
"The Canadian Broadcast Company is removing his seven-second cameo from Home Alone 2 claiming it was 'cut for time'. It was seven seconds long. It was cut because it humanizes a man the left loves to dehumanize.
Another person tweeted: "Why is everyone surprised about Trump being edited out of Home Alone? The ruling class wants his epic 2016 erased, and him cancelled from the 2020 election. This is exactly how communists get things done."
Donald Trump Jr even used Twitter to label the film's edit "pathetic".
Other Twitter users disagreed with the Trump supporters, with one saying "personally, I think cutting Trump out of Home Alone 2 is a great start.
"He should be cut out of the Fresh Prince, the Apprentice, the White House, and everything else he's ever appeared in."