Hannity: I ‘kind of enjoy’ that nobody knows how much access I have to Trump
Fox News host Sean Hannity is pushing back at media reports about his relationship with President Trump, saying some characterizations are “total bullshit” and “nobody knows” how much access he has to the president.
“I really kind of enjoy that nobody knows, and I’m just going to leave it that way,” Hannity said in an interview with Forbes published Tuesday. “But I can tell you this: Nobody has ever gotten my relationship with Donald Trump right, ever.”
Hannity pushed back on reports that he is often the last person Trump speaks to at night, saying that he doesn’t “have a nightly call with anybody.”
“I read these things about me that are total bullshit,” he said. “Quote it. It’s just not true.”
New York magazine reported earlier this year that Hannity and Trump often speak on the phone several times a day, and that Hannity is one of a few dozen people with direct access to the president’s official phone line.
Some White House staffers have also referred to the Fox News personality as Trump’s “shadow chief of staff,” Business Insider reported.
Hannity and the president are known to be friendly, and have been seen golfing together. Trump has also sat down with Hannity and other Fox News hosts for a number of interviews since taking office, while largely avoiding other networks.
The Forbes report comes the same day that July ratings were released, with Hannity’s show the most-watched program for the month. Trump has praised Hannity for his successful ratings in the past, cementing speculation that he is a fan of his show.
Asked by Forbes if he is bothered by accusations from critics that he uses his show to “prop up President Trump” and “spread conspiracy theories,” Hannity said he does not care.
“The amount of time I spend caring about it is zero. I don’t care,” Hannity said. “I try to be the most informed person I can be. We work really hard at getting things right, and I don’t mind being separate and apart from everybody else at all. In fact, I kind of relish it.”
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