"I don"t recognize of anybody an ext powerful in ~ this point in history than friend are," O"Reilly speak Hannity

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Disgraced previous Fox News hold Bill O"Reilly declared his ex-colleague Sean Hannity to it is in "the most an effective guy in the country," because President Donald Trump does "half the stuff" the the commentator covers on his primetime show.

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O"Reilly appeared Wednesday top top Hannity"s radio show, whereby he asked the organize to pitch the chairman a plan to restart major sports leagues without pan in the stand by may 15.

"Now, I want you to tell president Trump to execute this, or me and you space going to have to come down there to the White House. And he doesn"t desire that," O"Reilly, who was ousted native Fox News after ~ he and the network paid tens of millions to settle plenty of sexual harassment lawsuits, joked.

"I love just how you say, "me." i mean, you"re bill O"Reilly. You choose up the phone. You"re a an easy man. Contact the White House, and tell the president," Hannity responded.

"He likes you," O"Reilly said. ". . . Half the ingredient he walk is what you execute on your TV show."

"Oh, avoid that is not — by the way, that is not true," Hannity insisted. "I will certainly tell friend this about Donald Trump. Donald trumped — you understand this, you"ve understand him like I have for decades — he walk listen means more than world think. However he renders up his own mind, Bill. As with nobody have the right to really tell girlfriend what to execute either — let"s be real."

"But that respects her perspective," O"Reilly said. ". . . Not simply you. But if you, Hannity — I think the most powerful broadcaster right currently in the country. I"m not simply saying that, Hannity. Friend know, i mock you all the time. But I don"t recognize of anybody an ext powerful in ~ this point in history than friend are."

"You"re the most an effective guy in the country — if girlfriend tell him, the president, with all due respect," O"Reilly added.

Despite Hannity"s attempt to downplay his partnership with Trump, the Fox News host has actually been a close adviser to the president because his 2016 campaign, according to The brand-new York Times. Because taking office, Trump has regularly talked to Hannity top top the call in the morning and late in ~ night, often after Hannity"s primetime show airs, according to The Washington Post.

The president has been well-known to mention Hannity as soon as he has actually discussions with White home officials. Hannity "basically has actually a desk" in ~ the White House, one Trump torture told The Post.

And the two have actually been ~ above the very same page since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, initially downplaying the threat posed by the virus prior to ultimately relenting in the face of overwhelming evidence. Hannity has because echoed Trump"s hype of the anti-malarial medicine hydroxychloroquine as an unproven therapy for the new coronavirus. However, both have actually largely gone silent on the drug amid inquiries over that is effectiveness and potential next effects.

Hannity is just one of the president"s advisers at the news network. Trump, that has typically hired former Fox News employees to management positions, supposedly came roughly on the coronavirus after ~ warnings from organize Tucker Carlson. He additionally took his cues top top hydroxychloroquine from Carlson"s show.

Former trump card strategist Steve Bannon said in December the Carlson is among Trump"s most significant advisers.

"If girlfriend don"t think Tucker Carlson has more influence on national security policy than numerous of the guys on the national Security Council, you"re wrong," that said, follow to The daily Beast.

Trump likewise recently met with organize Laura Ingraham and also several Fox News guest to discuss hydroxychloroquine earlier this month, follow to The Washington Post.

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However, Trump"s closest adviser at a Fox brand may it is in Fox company host Lou Dobbs, who generally espoused similar views ~ above immigration and trade prior to Trump ever before ran because that president.

Dobbs has actually been "involved with few of the administration"s an ext sensitive discussions," follow to The daily Beast. Trump card has also put Dobbs ~ above speakerphone in ~ multiple Oval Office meetings for this reason the host could weigh in ~ above policy, follow to the report, which added that trumped would sometimes "cut turn off an official so the Fox service host have the right to jump in."

Igor Derysh