President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE has been hosting a slew of private dinner parties at the White House with friends, lawmakers, conservative leaders and prominent television journalists, according to a Politico report.
The dinners often serve as a means of entertainment for the president and, at times, offer him an affirmation of his own views, Politico reported.
Trump has garnered a reputation as a sort of recluse in Washington, known for fielding late-night phone calls with friends and political allies instead of throwing the high-profile events that have been common for past presidents.
Among those who have dined with Trump at the White House are New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and New York real estate developer Richard LeFrak.
Fox News host Sean Hannity has also stopped by for dinner, according to Politico. And last month, the president hosted former campaign aides Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiTrump to ramp up travel schedule, head back to Mar-a-Lago, adviser says Biden White House moves to oust Trump appointees from advisory boards Trump budget chief refuses to resign from Naval Academy board MORE and David Bossie and 2020 reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale.
The dinners have also become an informal way for Trump to hear advice and do business. This week, for example, he dined with venture capitalist Peter Thiel and Oracle Corp. co-CEO Safra Catz, whose company is vying for a multibillion-dollar Pentagon contract.
First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report MORE is not often at the dinners, Politico reported, citing administration officials.
The dinners are also relatively regimented affairs and usually begin at 6:30 p.m. Trump occasionally gives guests tours of the Lincoln Bedroom, or shows off other features of the White House, Politico reported.
"One of the things the president seems to miss most is the freewheeling nature of having people stop by. That is part of why he has the dinners — to stay connected,” a former White House official, who has attended some of the dinner parties, told the news outlet.
Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTop nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report Prosecutors face legal challenges over obstruction charge in Capitol riot cases Biden makes early gains eroding Trump's environmental legacy MORE also hosted a number of guests at the White House, including celebrities, like actor Will, and U2 frontman Bono.
--This report was updated at 11:11 a.m.