Report: Trump Ends Most Days With Hannity Phone Call

President and Fox host talk most weeknights, according to the 'New Yorker'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2018 11:25 AM CDT
Report: Trump and Hannity Are Late-Night Phone Pals
In this file photo, Sean Hannity of Fox News appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The New Yorker is out with a story about President Trump's nightly routine, and the piece is drawing lots of attention because of the role of Fox's Sean Hannity. Trump and Hannity talk on the phone most weeknights, usually soon after Hannity's show ends at 10, writes Olivia Nuzzi. "On the phone, he and the president alternate between the 'witch hunt!' and gabbing like old girlfriends about media gossip," writes Nuzzi, whose story is based on conversations with anonymous current and former White House officials. Hannity is on the short list of people who get put through to the president's direct line, a list that includes his sons and a few fellow billionaires. "Their chats begin casually, with How are yous and What's going ons," writes Nuzzi, who adds that on some days they chat multiple times.

One person interviewed for the piece says Hannity "fills the political void" left by Steve Bannon, and another sees the calls as nearly therapeutic for the president—he can wind down by talking shop with Hannity because he doesn't do so with the first lady. The story has all kinds of nuggets about Trump-world, including the assertion that Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus once teamed up to get the president to start watching Fox & Friends in the morning instead of Morning Joe or CNN, so he didn't get too worked up. And an interesting revelation about Hannity: His retirement dream usually revolves around a "farm full of dogs," but he has privately “expressed openness to a different kind of retirement, far removed from a dog farm: running for office, something he hadn't considered in the past," writes Nuzzi. Click for the full story. (More Sean Hannity stories.)

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