DONALD Trump has slammed chat show host Jimmy Fallon over the infamous “hair messing” incident during the 2016 presidential campaign.
In a scathing tweet, the US President told Fallon to stop “whimpering” and “be a man”.
The Tonight Show host recently told an interviewer he regretted playfully tousling Mr Trumpâ€™s hair as he didnâ€™t mean to “normalise (Trump) or to say I believe in his political beliefs.”
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Mr Trump said Fallon had privately called him, lauding the episodeâ€™s “monster ratings”.
Hours after the US Presidentâ€™s damning tweet, Fallon responded he would be making a donation to RAICES Texas, the non-profit firm that provides legal services to immigrants.
He said: “In honour of the Presidentâ€™s tweet Iâ€™ll be making a donation to RAICES in his name.”
The hair-messing TV appearance caused an outcry at the time, with critics accusing Fallon of “humanising” a person who encouraged hateful rhetoric.
In a column on the topic, Varietyâ€™s then-TV critic Sonia Saraiya said the interview caused Fallon to lose “the last shred” of “any credibility as a thinking comedian with a point-of-view” that he may have had left.
In his post-Super Bowl episode last February, Fallon updated Bob Dylanâ€™s iconic The Times, They Are a Changin to critique Mr Trump.
Fallon reworked the 1964 classic to take on Mr Trumpâ€™s attitudes towards women, race and the media.
Fallon has previously been criticised for not being as political as other US late-night talk show hosts, who regularly use their platforms to take on Mr Trump.