Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityBoehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers Boehner finally calls it as he sees it Cruz on Boehner: 'I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn' MORE on Thursday called for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE to "purge" the executive branch of Obama-era bureaucrats and appointees.

In the wake of a series of damaging leaks that have marred Trump's first weeks in office, Hannity said the president should focus on eliminating those who may be unfriendly toward him and his policies

He invoked President Lincoln as a model for Trump to follow.


“He fired over 75 percent, nearly 1,200 people out of 1,500 bureaucrats that worked in the executive branch that President Lincoln feared could be disloyal,” Hannity said.

“It's time now for President Trump to follow Abraham Lincoln's example and fire anyone and everyone who was actively working against him in government.”

Trump has struggled to stymie the flow of government leaks that have roiled the young administration with revelations of meetings between Trump aides and the Russian ambassador, as well as a number of unpopular policy moves.

Trump has vowed to crack down on leakers in the executive branch and intelligence community.