Trump takes swipe at CNN following resignations

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 28, 2017

President Donald Trump used the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to resume his attack on the network's credibility Tuesday. Scaramucci's never managed to snag an actual job in Trump's administration, though he did raise a lot of money for the president's 2016 campaign, as well as sold his stake in his hedge fund, SkyBridge Capital, in order to preempt conflict-of-interest talk.

A man, identified as a producer for CNN says, in an undercover video, that President Donald Trump is "probably right" in claiming Russian Federation investigations are witch hunts.

The story alleged that the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating Trump transition team official, Anthony Scaramucci, about meeting with the chief executive of a Russian investment fund allegedly sanctioned by the U.S. The three journalists to resign were reporter Thomas Frank who wrote the story, Eric Lichtblau who was an editor in the unit and the head of the unit Lex Haris.

CNN, in initially taking down the story, said it didn't meet its editorial standards.

CNN noted that the retraction did not mean the facts of the story were necessarily wrong but that "the story wasn't solid enough to publish as-is".

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In the video, a Project Veritas associate talks with the man identified as Bonifield, who goes on to say CNN is covering the Russian Federation out of desire to increase ratings, The Hollywood Reporter noted. CNN apologized specifically to Scaramucci, and he accepted and said he was "moving on".

Shortly after, Mr. Trump tweeted again about "fake news CNN", claiming they are now looking at "big management changes" following the retraction, and that network's ratings are "way down". Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.

It's not immediately clear what in the story is factually incorrect, or whether CNN will continue to report on the issue. Purveyors of fake news, after all, don't take drastic personnel moves following a bogus story.

"Since his election win over Hillary Clinton last November, Trump's feud with the media has only escalated, with the president calling out any reports he doesn't' agree with as "#fake news". "I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go".

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