CNN’s Stelter blasts Trump-Hannity relationship: 'Let's just underscore how weird this is'

CNN host Brian Stelter offered a scathing assessment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's close relationship with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Sunday, describing a relationship that he said is both highly unprecedented and "weird."

"When Hannity’s off the air he gossips with Trump and gives advice about who to hire," Stelter said on CNN's "Reliable Sources." "So let’s just underscore how weird this is. No TV host has ever had this kind of relationship with a U.S. president before."

Stelter then broadened his criticism to include Fox News as a whole, saying that the conservative network's support for Trump signals a sort of "merger between a culture-war TV station and a culture-war president."


"No network has ever propped up a president quite like this before. Sure, Obama had big fans on MSNBC, but there wasn’t this kind of coordination. No one ever thought Keith Olbermann was Obama’s ‘shadow chief of staff.’ But that’s how some Trump advisers describe Hannity."

"This is new and it’s weird, and we shouldn’t get used to it," he added. 

Trump is said to talk to Hannity regularly and to consult with him on decisions such as hires within his administration. The president has also tweeted previews of Hannity's Fox News show.

In fact, the president has hired multiple Fox News alumni to his administration.

Heather Nauert, the State Department's chief spokeswoman, is a former Fox News host. Last week, Trump hired the network's former co-president, Bill Shine, to lead the White House's communications team.