(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump mocked CNN early Tuesday morning, retweeting an "FNN" logo -- Fake News Network.
"Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia,' with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!" the president tweeted. Later, he tweeted: "Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down!"
Trump has complained for months about anonymously sourced reports from CNN and other liberal media outlets suggesting that Trump or his aides coordinated with Russia before and after the election, even though former FBI Director James Comey told Trump privately on three occasions that Trump himself was not under investigation.
In an editor’s note issued on Friday, June 22, 2017, CNN retracted a false story published on its website the day before.
"On June 22, 2017, CNN.com pulished a story connecting Anthonoy Scaramucci with investigations in to the Russian Direct Investment Fund," the editorial note said. "That story did not meet CNN’s editotial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci."
According to BuzzFeed, the CNN story, based on one unnamed source, claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into a "$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive (Scaramucci) met with a member of President Donald Trump's transition team four days before Trump's inauguration."
BuzzFeed also reported that CNN has now decreed that "no one should publish any content involving Russia" without clearance from higher-ups.
Trump on Monday also retweeted a Monday-night exchange between Fox News's Sean Hannity and radio talk show host Mark Levin, both of whom say any collusion rests with Democrats, who knew about Russian interference in the U.S. election in August but did nothing about it, because they feared "rocking the boat" and jeopardizing what they assumed would be a Hillary Clinton victory.