The story had stated that US lawmakers were investigating a possible link between a Russian investment fund and Mr. Trump's officials.
"Once it was determined that editorial processes were not followed, CNN deleted the story from CNN.com", the network said Friday on its site.
But the ferocious response on Tuesday was a reminder of CNN's unique role as a nemesis for Trump, who says the network has unfairly tried to tie him to Russian interference in last year's election-and underlined the heightened tensions between the news media and an administration that has curtailed access and labeled the news media an "opposition party". Monday, three employees-reporter Thomas Frank, assistant managing editor Eric Lichtblau and head of the investigations unit Lex Harisresigned over the article.
This morning PresidentDonald Trump was on a rampage, attacking CNN for publishing "FAKE NEWS".
About two hours later, Trump continued, tweeting without evidence that CNN was "looking at big management changes" in the wake of the retraction and that its ratings were "way down!" It was retracted the next night, and CNN apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member named in the story.
He also used the opportunity to again hit out at a number of other major United States media outlets - including NBC, ABC, The New York Times, and The WashingtonPost. The article wrote provocatively that RDIF's "chief executive met with a member of PresidentDonald Trump's transition team four days before Trump's inauguration", and asserted that they discussed the possibility of lifting U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation. "CNN apologises to Mr Scaramucci".
Scaramucci got an unusual public apology but still hired a top Manhattan lawyer to put further pressure on CNN and "look after [his] interests in this matter", one source said.
"If it is accurate, I think it's a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism", Sanders said.
None of the three journalists responded to NPR's requests for comment. The report, which suggested that a Trump aide was under investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee for contacting a Russian businessman, relied on tenuous, anonymous sourcing.
Prior to that, he worked at Newsday on Long Island, N.Y. He has been on CNN's investigations team since it started last winter, according to the network. "Ratings way down", the president tweeted.
CNN's reply: "CNN just posted it's most-watched second quarter in history".
The problem with CNN's story turning out to be problematic is that it lends credibility to the outrageousness that mainstream media is fake news.
See all of Trump's rant against CNN, including a meme he retweeted, below.