REPORT: Donald Trump Regularly Mocks Sean Hannity for Softball Interviews, Saying ‘It’s Like He’s Not Even Trying’

Even Trump sees through the charade.

President Donald Trump reportedly loves making fun of Sean Hannity and his softball interviews of the president according to a new exposé from The Daily Beast.

Three anonymous sources close to Trump and Hannity told Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Cartwright that Hannity’s “slobbering” quashes Trump’s innate desire to feed off chaos and controversy.

One source recalled Trump once saying of Hannity that “it’s like he’s not even trying” while mocking Hannity’s questions, which typically revolve around how “great I am.”

Another person said Trump refers to Hannity’s questions as “dumb” and even began to pity the Fox News host, with whom Trump is purportedly very close. This culminated leading up to the midterms as Hannity attempted to analyze the shellacking Republicans received last Tuesday in his most recent interview with the president.

“Election Day [2016], I actually called you,” Hannity said to Trump. “I said, ‘You’re gonna get bad news about… 5:15 that afternoon. You lost Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.’ And you won ’em all. Polls don’t mean anything, do they?”

“I lost them based on the fake news,” Trump replied. Hannity parroted the same as if it were gospel: “Fake news.”

One Republican operative close to Trump said of the president’s constant bickering with reporters: “He likes it as a sport.”

Trump’s recent spat with CNN’s Jim Acosta, whose press credentials Trump spontaneously revoked and for which the administration is being sued, is a perfect example of how Trump feeds off confrontation.

“[Trump] does enjoy the back-and-forth with the press—look at this whole Jim Acosta thing,” said conservative commentator and Trump loyalist Jeff Lord. “The president can call on anybody he wants. He could have ignored Jim Acosta. He didn’t do it. And he didn’t do it because… they would have some chance to do some verbal jousting there.”

“Donald Trump delights in the combat with these folks,” Lord said, noting that when Trump was a presidential candidate, he promised to “fight back” against the “dishonest media.”

Despite the mockery, The Daily Beast found, Trump still “loves Sean,” often citing him to White House staffers as someone who understands conservative America – which is Trump’s political base.

The special relationship between Trump and Hannity was highlighted in May when New York Magazine revealed that the two men speak on the phone, in private, nearly every night.

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