New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi broke a huge story on Sunday night, asserting Donald Trump and Fox News Host Sean Hannity have nightly phone conversations to chat about the Russia investigation as well as discussing the stories about the administration on various cable news programs.
The report also described the elaborate effort by White House officials to keep Trump from watching any other cable news program but Fox.
According to Nuzzi, Trump and Hannity have late night phone conversations several times a week shortly after Hannity’s show ends. The report also noted that First Lady Melania Trump and the president spend their evenings apart and in separate bedrooms.
Hannity and Trump often discuss Mueller’s “witch hunt;” they gossip about ratings, other cable news hosts; and evidently, there are lots of expletives — specifically: “f*ck,” “f*cking,” “f*cked,” and “f*cker.”
It was also reported that Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer devised a plan to get Trump to stop watching Morning Joe and New Day so that he’d only watch Fox programming, and their plan was a success. According to Nuzzi, WH staffers were concerned that other cable news shows were making Trump too excitable.
A staffer told Nuzzi, “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.”
The plan to get Trump to only watch Fox is not without its problems, “Sometimes on Fox, a lot of stories are embellished, and they don’t necessarily cover the big news stories of the day,” a current White House official told Nuzzi. “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.”
One former White House official said it’s a “f*cked-up feedback loop,” which puts Trump “in a weird head space. 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*cking fires they started.”
The report, which contained more details, can be read in its entirety HERE.