CBC says it cut Trump cameo from holiday flick before he was president

TORONTO — The CBC is defending itself after U.S. President Donald Trump’s eldest son shared criticism of the public broadcaster for airing a version of “Home Alone 2” without his father’s cameo.

A spokesman for the CBC says the now-president’s “short scene” was cut for time when the broadcaster acquired rights to the film in 2014 — before Trump was elected.

The CBC released its statement after Donald Trump Jr. tweeted an article accusing the broadcaster of bias.

News of the truncated, Trump-less version of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” was also picked up Thursday by Fox News and other right-wing American media outlets.

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson says Trump’s scene was one of several cut from the 1992 holiday film to tighten its running time.

He says this is often done when a feature film is adapted for TV.

The U.S. president, himself, retweeted versions of the story on Thursday afternoon.

“The movie will never be the same! (just kidding),” Trump said along with one of the tweets.

In a comment with another tweet, Trump suggested that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!” — referring to recent negotiations for a new North American trade deal, and the president’s efforts to pressure NATO members like Canada to increase defence spending.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 26, 2019.

The Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Every Albertan eligible for COVID-19 testing

22 new cases confirmed on Friday

Alberta-registered truck elicits a note of kindness in British Columbia

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

Red Deer’s small fitness facilities limbering up for reopening

Al Parada has done everything in his power to stay busy. But… Continue reading

COVID-19 leaving its mark on office designs

Office designs encouraging more physical distancing could become the norm

WATCH: Central Albertans applaud efforts of Golden Circle staff, volunteers

Central Albertans thanked the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre’s staff and volunteers… Continue reading

Another $650M in COVID-19 aid bound for Indigenous communities, Miller says

Another $650M in COVID-19 aid bound for Indigenous communities, Miller says

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Canada exploring ways to reunite families divided by COVID-19 border closure

Canada exploring ways to reunite families divided by COVID-19 border closure

More COVID-19 tests, masks announced in some provinces as economy flails

More COVID-19 tests, masks announced in some provinces as economy flails

Students decry tuition hikes as COVID-19 pandemic increases financial strain

Students decry tuition hikes as COVID-19 pandemic increases financial strain

Quebec schools see spike in COVID-19 cases as Ontario eyes regional reopenings

Quebec schools see spike in COVID-19 cases as Ontario eyes regional reopenings

Proposed COVID-19 rule changes by World Rugby could improve the sport

Proposed COVID-19 rule changes by World Rugby could improve the sport

MLB teams cut hundreds with minor league season in doubt

MLB teams cut hundreds with minor league season in doubt

Most Read