Canada’s national broadcaster has defended deleting Donald Trump’s cameo in the film Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.
The 1992 film was broadcast in Canada earlier this month without the scene, prompting criticism from some quarters, including Mr Trump’s son Donald Jr, who described it as “pathetic”.
But CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson denied the decision to cut the scene involving Mr Trump was politically motivated.
Mr Thompson said eight minutes were cut from the 120-minute film, adding: “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.”
Mr Trump announced in June 2015 that he would run for US president and he was elected in November the following year.
If anyone is looking for the Home Alone 2 cameo from @realDonaldTrump that was edited out by @CBC, here it is in all its glory. 😱🎄🎁 pic.twitter.com/pzaEpxS7ws
— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) December 26, 2019
In the scene, which lasts for around seven seconds, Mr Trump appears at the Plaza Hotel in New York, when Macaulay Culkin’s character asks him for directions to the lobby.
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Mr Trump tweeted: “The movie will never be the same! (just kidding)” and “I guess Justin T doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or trade!”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been among world leaders to have disagreed with Mr Trump on major policy issues.
But on Christmas Eve it was reported Mr Trump had told US troops overseas that he had been honoured to be involved in the film.
Deadline website reported him as saying to troops on a video conference call: “A lot of people mention (the film) every year, especially around Christmas. They say – especially young kids – they say, ‘I just saw you on the movie’. They don’t see me on television as they do in the movie.
“But it’s been a good movie and I was a little younger, to put it mildly, and it was an honour to do it.”