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President Trump tells Jimmy Fallon to ‘be a man’ over hair-mussing

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2016 image originally released by NBC, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," in New York. Fallon is opening up about the personal anguish he felt following the backlash to his now-infamous hair mussing appearance with Donald Trump. Trump opponents criticized Fallon for a cringeworthy interview only weeks before the election where Fallon playfully stroked Trump’s hair. (Andrew Lipovsky/NBC via AP, File)
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Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," in New York.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is telling ‘‘Tonight Show’’ host Jimmy Fallon to ‘‘be a man’’ and stop ‘‘whimpering’’ about the personal anguish he felt over the backlash he received after messing up Trump’s hair during a 2016 campaign appearance on Fallon’s late-night talk show.

Fallon recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he ‘‘made a mistake’’ on the Sept. 15, 2016, episode and would do it differently.

The comments didn’t appear to sit well with Trump.

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The president tweeted Sunday: ‘‘.@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous ‘‘hair show’’ with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have ‘‘humanized’’ me-he is taking heat. He called & said ‘‘monster ratings.’’ Be a man Jimmy!’’