Fox News host Sean Hannity calls the White House switchboard nearly every night after his show to speak to President Trump, according to a new report.
Hannity, who sometimes talks to Trump multiple times a day, “fills the political void” left by former White House strategist Stephen Bannon, according to a source who spoke to New York Magazine.
Fox News host Sean Hannity is seen in the White House briefing room in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2017. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Former White House staffers Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer launched a campaign to limit Trump’s media diet to Fox News in an attempt to control the Twitter tirades fueled by his anger over MSNBC or CNN reports.
The plot mostly worked, and one former White House official told the magazine Trump’s Fox News consumption creates “a f–ked-up feedback loop” that puts the President in a “weird headspace.”
And with Trump finding it hard to trust members of his own administration, he has turned to Hannity for validation from outside the White House, according to the report.
On most nights after his show broadcasts live at 9 p.m., Hannity will call the White House switchboard as one of a select number of authorized callers.
The two usually exchange pleasantries and talk about media ratings all while exclaiming “witch hunt” in between profanities, sources said.
It was also recently revealed in court that Hannity is a client of Michael Cohen — Trump’s fixer who famously negotiated the $130,000 payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed she had sex with the President in 2006.
Hannity denied that Cohen had ever represented him, saying instead that he had “brief discussions with him about legal questions.”
One source explained Hannity’s relationship to Cohen by saying, “Because he was ‘Trump’s lawyer,’ so Hannity sees that and assumes, If Trump thinks he’s smart, then he’s smart!”