Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann says that President Donald Trump's influence on CNN tanked his negotiations to return to the cable news network to criticize the president.
In an interview with The New York Times, Olbermann said he was talking to MSNBC to return to their airwaves, but they didn't want him to do commentary, so he rejected the offer. Then he said that Trump stomped on his return to CNN.
“There was an offer, then there wasn’t an offer, then there was an offer. And Trump didn’t like me, and apparently exerted influence on that," he said.
CNN denies that Trump had anything to do with the failure of the deal. A spokeswoman for the network told The New York Times that Olbermann wasn't considered for CNN, but for HLN, a spinoff channel. They also said that the "brief preliminary conversations" happened a year ago, before Trump was elected.
Olbermann has been on a one-man crusade against Trump since before the election in acerbic videos he produces for GQ magazine with his fiery commentary against the president. His latest video missive published Monday with the antagonistic title, "Yates' heroism reveals Trump's treason. He covered up for a Russian stooge, fired a loyal American[.]"
The last time Trump referenced Olbermann, he had moved out of the real estate mogul's building.
“Keith is a failed broadcaster," Trump wrote in response, "and the people in the building couldn’t stand him. He is just trying to use ‘Trump’ to get publicity and stay relevant. The prices of Trump apartments are today the highest they’ve been. When people find out he is leaving Trump Palace, prices will probably go up.”
Watch an example of the combative anti-Trump commentary from Olbermann below: