"They are all Fake News!" the president declared.
One problem: When challenged on the particulars of the story, CNN acknowledged that it couldn't stand by it.
Following the retraction, Scaramucci tweeted that CNN "did the right thing".
The sequence of events led Trump to take a kind of victory lap on Tuesday.
This breakdown in editorial workflow disturbed the CNN executives who learned about it.
"In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story's publication", a spokesman said Monday evening. The White House believes that the media should review anonymously sourced stories on alleged ties between Moscow and US President Donald Trump and retract the hoax ones, a spokesperson has said.
CNN has been a frequent target in Trump's tweets, which have described the network as everything from "unwatchable" to "the worst". The episode is a damaging blow for a network that Trump has frequently derided as "fake news", and for a story that never even made it onto any of CNN's television networks. Fox News has not been able to independently verify the content of the video. Seth Mandel, the op-ed editor at Rupert Murdoch's conservative New York Post, said conservatives should praise CNN: "This is pride-swallowing, grownup stuff". But the blame on all of this should be lain at the feet of (CNN boss) Jeff Zucker.
Why is CNN constantly, like, "Russia this, Russian Federation that?"
Just days before the video's release, three journalists at CNN resigned after a Russia-related article based on unsubstantiated claims was published.
The news media's coverage of the Russian Federation scandal - often based on anonymous sources - also took a hit when ousted FBI Director James B. Comey testified that a February 14 New York Times story was "not true" and lamented articles citing sources claiming to reveal classified information.
Trump, who has singled out the channel for criticism since the 2016 election campaign, was quick to react. CNN also issued an apology to Scaramucci, who accepted it with a tweet on Saturday.
The new restrictions come after CNN on Friday retracted a story that connected, a prominent ally of President, to a Russian investment fund managed by a Kremlin-controlled bank. It was determined that the story was posted without going through the expected checks and balances for a story of such sensitivity, the executive said. Zucker has a long and sometimes fraught relationship with Trump, having greenlighted his reality shows, "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice", while he ran NBC, but occasionally drawing criticism from Trump while running CNN.