Trump blasts CNN after journalists resign over retracted story

President Trump slammed CNN on Tuesday after three journalists resigned following a retracted story that connected a Trump ally to the Russia probe.

Trump tweeted, "Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia,' with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKENEWS!"

CNN retracted the story on Friday.

The news outlet tweeted the editor's note, writing, "On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund."

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It goes on to say, "That story did not meet CNN's editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci."

Hours later, Scaramucci responded to the retraction by tweeting, "@CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on."

However, the president and many other critics of the network have reacted more strongly to the retracted story and the subsequent resignations of three journalists.

As the New York Times notes, "The resignations are a black eye at a sensitive moment for the news organization, which has emerged as a regular target of Mr. Trump and his supporters. The president relishes dismissing the network's coverage as 'fake news,' and his closest advisers have accused the channel of harboring a bias against Mr. Trump."

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