President Trump regularly calls Fox News host Sean Hannity throughout the day and nearly every night before bed, New York magazine reports.
According to a new piece by New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi, Trump and Hannity have a call most weeknights around 10pm after the Fox News host’s show. Current and former White House officials familiar with the relationship told the magazine that the conversations help Trump “decompress” at the end of the day.
Hannity, who is reportedly one of a few dozen people who have access to Trump’s official phone line, has been known to speak with Trump multiple times a day.
“When they spoke a few hours before Trump welcomed home the newly freed Americans who’d been held hostage in North Korea, he and Hannity told each other how proud they were, how happy the news made them.”
One White House official said that Hannity’s influence on the president “fills the void” left by former chief strategist Stephen Bannon, and “assessed the influence of White House officials and other administration personnel as exactly equal to that of Fox News.”
Another former Trump official said that Hannity’s show and other pro-Trump Fox News shows put the president in a “weird headspace.”
The official referred to it as a “f—ed-up feedback loop.”
“What ends up happening is Judge Jeanine or Hannity fill him up with a bunch of crazy shit, and everyone on staff has to go and knock down all the f—ing fires they started,” the official said.