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10 Dec, 2015 12:47

VIDEO: Trump attacked by bald eagle during TIME photoshoot

VIDEO: Trump attacked by bald eagle during TIME photoshoot

Donald Trump has been attacked by all sides this week for his comments about Muslims, including former vice president Dick Cheney, but new footage released show that even the symbol of America has issues with the billionaire.

Video from a TIME magazine photo shoot in August shows a bald eagle named Uncle Sam refusing to participate with the Republican candidate.

The Donald’s infamous "hair" was put in jeopardy when the 27-year-old bird attacked his head. Later, when sitting at his desk, Sam went for Trump's hand.

“What you will do for a cover – this bird is seriously dangerous but beautiful,” said Trump.

“It’s hard to plan what animals will do. There’s not much training you can do with a wild bird and Mr. Trump was a little hesitant holding the bird, so it was very tricky to get the bird to [stay] on his hand”, said Martin Schoeller, the shoot photographer.

“Donald Trump is an icon, and this bald eagle is an icon,” said Jonathan Wood, the bald eagle’s owner.

Ironically, the bald eagle is a success story of the Endangered Species Act, the kind of big government regulation that Trump complains about on the campaign trail.

Republicans in Congress are trying to "dial back" the act by removing some species from the protected list.

Uncle Sam isn't the only performer who is upset about his association with Trump. R.E.M., Neil Young, and Aerosmith have all banned Trump from rockin' in the free world with the shiny happy people in his audience. 

R.E.M. front man Michael Stipe lashed out via bassist Mike Mills’ Twitter page after he used one of the group’s songs at a Washington rally:

Aerosmith sent Trump's campaign a letter issuing a ban on all of their songs: "Trump for President does not have our client’s permission to use ‘Dream On’ or any of our client’s other music in connection with the campaign because it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid”. 

In June, Canadian Neil Young banned Trump from using his music and publicly stated his support for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.