Queen criticizes Trump's use of 'We Are the Champions'

The band Queen has criticized the Republican National Convention for using its iconic "We Are the Champions" for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE's entrance on Monday night.

Queen said that the song, a standard for sports teams seeking to highlight their own victories, was used without permission when Trump came to the stage in Cleveland to introduce his wife Melania.

“An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes,” the band tweeted Tuesday morning. 

Trump's entry on Monday night was a high point for the audience of GOP delegates in Cleveland. 

RNC spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that the convention had in fact paid to license the song. 

The band has previously quarreled with the Trump campaign over using the track. Brian May, the band's guitarist, similarly said last month that Trump had used it at a rally without permission.

“This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given,” May wrote on his website in June.

“We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool.”

Updated at 4:05 p.m.