Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews Graham says Brazilian immigrants arriving at border 'wearing designer clothes and Gucci bags' MORE on Thursday called for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report 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.