Every night the phone rings for Fox News host Sean Hannity from the White House. While the first lady is in her own bedroom down the hall of the executive residence, the bromance between the two men is glowing through the phone as they gush over the president’s latest coverage on the network.
A shocking exposé in New York Magazine revealed Sunday the many sources that are intimately aware of the relationship the two men share and how it has crafted the communications strategy for the White House.
“White House staff are aware that the calls happen, thanks to the president entering a room and announcing, ‘I just hung up with Hannity,’ or referring to what Hannity said during their conversations, or even ringing Hannity up from his desk in their presence,” the report outlined.
Early on in the Trump presidency, the morning was spent flipping from cable news shows like MSNBC’s Morning Joe to CNN’s New Day, which ultimately lead to rage tweeting and an entire day’s plans thrown out onto the White House lawn.
“It got to the point that they were just like, ‘We need to get him off these channels and onto Fox & Friends or else we’re going to be chasing down this crazy-train bullshit from MSNBC and CNN all day,’” one former White House official told New York Magazine.
Thanks to former chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer, however, the team was able to move the president to Fox News. The result has been a happier and more blissfully benighted Trump less likely to ignite World War III after a Chris Cuomo quip. That’s not to say that there aren’t other problems.
“Sometimes on Fox, a lot of stories are embellished, and they don’t necessarily cover the big news stories of the day,” explained the current White House official. “When they cover the smaller stories, if that gets the president riled up, then that becomes an issue. Whenever he tweets, all of us do a mad dash or mad scramble to find out as much information about that random topic as possible. We’re used to it in a lot of ways, so it’s part of our morning routine.”
To make matters worse, Trump doesn’t trust anyone willing to work for him. Instead he flocks to his phone, begging for outsiders to confirm he’s right. At the center of those on speed dial, however, is Hannity.
“Generally, the feeling is that Sean is the leader of the outside kitchen cabinet,” another White House official told New York Magazine.
“Sean Hannity understands the basic issues of economic nationalism and ‘America First’ foreign policy at a deeper level than the august staff of Jonathan Chait and the f*ckin’ clowns at New York Magazine,” Bannon replied.
A White House official explained it as the influence of administration officials are essentially equal to Fox News.
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‘No, I’m Breaking Up With You!’ Internet Hilariously Mocks Trump ‘Break Up Letter’ to Kim Jong-Un
In a letter to Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump decided that he was pulling out of the peace talks in Singapore that could have led to the denuclearization of North Korea.
At rallies Trump supporters were chanting that he win a Nobel Peace Prize and 18 Republican elected officials and Trump supporters even nominated him. They touted “his tireless work to bring peace to our world.”
“It’s surreal in the sense that it’s clearly premature to be talking about giving anybody a Nobel Peace Prize,” said Aaron David Miller, a former US diplomat and negotiator for GOP and Democratic administrations.
The internet was quick to roll their eyes, talk about the immaturity of the letter and even mock Trump for putting his cart before his horses.
You can see the best below:
“Guess who still has a Nobel Prize bitc-” pic.twitter.com/dcXOowavww
— Chris Jackson (@ChrisCJackson) May 24, 2018
Blowing two nuclear deals that could have saved us trillions of dollars and countless lives in one month. That’s our bankruptcy boy.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) May 24, 2018
How’s that Nobel Prize working out for ya? https://t.co/56iLlLaeiu
— (((Charles Young))) (@CharlieYoungEsq) May 24, 2018
“And if you call in the next 5 minutes, for every purchase of the Trump-Kim commemorative coin, you, will get another 99 free” pic.twitter.com/650T78VbMt
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) May 24, 2018
Donald cancelled the summit with North Korea?
I guess the check Kim Jong Un gave Michael Cohen must have bounced.
— m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) May 24, 2018
SNEAKY and NO-GOOD King John of North Kent will NOT get to meet me next month at Sheppey. It would be totally inappropriate for such a meeting with a corrupt, ugly and BAD king to take place, Kents tell me. Enough said, Kents! I’m out.
— Donaeld The Unready (@donaeldunready) May 24, 2018
I dunno, maybe Trump should have just ghosted him
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 24, 2018
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are the Ross and Rachel of our time
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) May 24, 2018
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha @realDonaldTrump, Kim Jong Un played you like the cheapest of cheap fiddles but at least you still got to have your commemorative shitcoin hashtag sad
— Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) May 24, 2018
Head or tail? pic.twitter.com/nVR0ZNXHqP
— Rononamous (@Ronsmevik) May 24, 2018
RIP Trump Nobel Peace Prize. pic.twitter.com/uqGXOXIKhQ
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 24, 2018
“No, I’m breaking up with YOU!”
“You can’t fire me — I quit!”
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) May 24, 2018
!!! …Trump reportedly had doubts… Pyongyang’s usual threats have him an offramp, and he took it. https://t.co/AArginNrhl
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 24, 2018
Trump-Kim coin goes to waste
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) May 24, 2018
Does that mean he doesn’t get the Nobel Peace Prize? Is @realDonaldTrump winning again? I’m losing track. North Korea, China trade negotiations; NAFTA; The Wall; For a guy who says he’s accomplished a lot, I’m just not feeling it. https://t.co/k4MeXuTmHA
— Morris Dalla Costa (@MoDaCoatLFPress) May 24, 2018
In other words, it’s as if Trump deliberately sabotaged this meeting as well for the purpose of claiming he tried and blaming them for the breaking down of negotiations.
— Samuel Carroll Brown (@SCarrollBrown) May 24, 2018
I’M NOT GOING TO THE SINGAPORE SUMMIT. DO YOU WANNA GO? pic.twitter.com/bVKeJVo1FP
— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) May 24, 2018
So much winning!
— Cdn_trump hater (@Indict_them_all) May 24, 2018
Trump got no Nobel Prize but Kim got U.S. commemorative coin calling him Supreme Leader.
This is called #Winning
— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) May 24, 2018
It’s all good and fun to mock those who were already bestowing the Nobel to Trump. But we also just took a major step closer to a nuclear conflict.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) May 24, 2018
— Jay Kirell (@JasonKirell) May 24, 2018
Trump supporters, last month: “Trump deserves the Nobel Prize!!!”
Trump supporters, today: “Obama made the Nobel Prize worthless anyway…”
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) May 24, 2018
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 24, 2018
Let’s just give this to Trump and tell him that it’s a real Nobel Prize..they do it on Survivor all the time. pic.twitter.com/zKFfa5fqPZ
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 24, 2018
Give him the Nobel Participation Prize.https://t.co/thd8kKxcJs
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) May 24, 2018
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) May 24, 2018
“How’s he going to get his Nobel Prize now?” pic.twitter.com/lPtkWgf6Vl
— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) May 24, 2018
Trump wants a Nobel Peace Prize so badly that he tripped heads over heels trying to appease Kim Jong Un and have a grandiose summit in Singapore. But real peace takes hard work, negotiation, and judgment. Trump only knows how to play golf and make coins for cancelled summits. pic.twitter.com/hXf7gWf4fT
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) May 24, 2018
I guess Trump is going to have to hope that he will get the Nobel prize for literature now
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) May 24, 2018
After Trump pulled out of his scheduled meeting with Kim Jong Un
Here is The scorecard on The Nobel Prize
— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) May 24, 2018
Is there a Nobel Prize for Spin? https://t.co/nmR32tRVbM
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) May 24, 2018
So we are foregoing a chance at a historic resolution to a nuclear crisis because we object to someone we know being called a “political dummy”? Are you kidding me? So much for that self-appointed Nobel peace prize. #NoLeadership #Pathetic #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 24, 2018
So with the North Korean summit cancelled does that mean Trump’s approach to foreign affairs of name calling plus stupidity doesn’t equal winning a Nobel prize? Asking for a friend.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) May 24, 2018
Mine is bigger than yours. Revealing, as always, the insecurity that underlines everything. Hey Trump: just buy a big car and get over it.
— Joano (@mimilu) May 24, 2018
He’s broad-shouldered like that. pic.twitter.com/VwUrCjfk0W
— Andrew Long (@andrewlong166) May 24, 2018
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