CNN’s Erin Burnett claimed both on Twitter and her show on Monday that former Trump National Security Council spokesperson Michael Anton, writer of the now infamous “Flight 93” essay, canceled his previously confirmed appearance because “he couldn’t defend @realDonaldTrump” after the Putin presser:

She made the claim on air as well:


Anton later released this statement saying, “I did cancel, because I knew that whatever I said, CNN would try to use me as a cudgel with which to bash the President.”

He also accused CNN of threatening “to cite that withdraw on air to bash the President. And that’s exactly what they did”:

The account for “Out Front” responded, saying “his rep then canceled him late afternoon today explaining that Mr. Anton could not defend the press conference” and “No threats were ever made”:

So, was there a misunderstanding here or what?