President Donald Trump and Fox News host Sean Hannity reportedly speak on the phone nearly every night.
WHAT: Current and former White House officials familiar with the relationship told New York magazine that the conversations help Trump “decompress” at the end of the day.
But the two men don't typically wait till bedtime to touch base, the anonymous sources said; rather, they often speak on the phone several times a day.
Hannity is one of a few dozen people who have access to Trump's official phone line, according to the article.
One White House told the magazine Hannity’s influence on the president rivals that of other administration officials and “fills the void” left by former chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
Another former official said "Hannity" and other Fox News shows -- which often defend and advise Trump -- put the president in a “weird headspace.” The official called it a “f---ed-up feedback loop.”
“What ends up happening is Judge Jeanine or Hannity fill him up with a bunch of crazy shit, and everyone on staff has to go and knock down all the f---ing fires they started,” the official said.
It was recently revealed that Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has worked for Hannity. The host said he never paid Cohen a retainer and mostly asked for his advice about real estate.
WHY: Hannity was already known to hold considerable sway with Trump, whose tweets alone make clear that he watches his friend's show.
A profile of Hannity last year in The New York Times Magazine said, "Hannity and Trump remain extraordinarily close and speak to each other regularly." The article suggested the president takes his cues from Hannity as much as the other way around.
However, the New York magazine article has revealed more about how intimate the relationship really is.