Hannity joins Trump on stage despite claiming he wouldn’t

Hannity joins Trump on stage despite claiming he wouldn’t

Hannity joins Trump on stage despite claiming he wouldn’t

"When the POTUS invited me on stage to give a few remarks last night, I was surprised, yet honored by the president's request", Hannity tweeted Tuesday. "This was NOT planned".

"People throughout the company think a new line was crossed", one senior Fox News employee told CNN Business on Tuesday.

In a Tuesday afternoon statement, a Fox News spokesperson said, "Fox News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events".

It's considered standard for employees of news organizations not to engage in political campaign activities, so their outlets do not appear unfair; some journalists go so far as to not vote at all for this reason.

"Either Fox News lied all day about their direct collaboration with the Trump campaign, or the network simply doesn't have any control over Sean Hannity", said Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America, which has urged an advertiser boycott of Hannity in the past.

Hannity wasn't the only Fox News host to appear on stage at the rally.

Since then, Fox opinion personalities have doubled down on their support of Trump.

Fox News did not provide any additional details about how the situation was addressed.

Widely viewed as a referendum on Trump's presidency, the results offered a split decision that revealed deep divides in the American electorate. He had also tweeted that day that his live show from Missouri was not to be mistaken for "campaigning".

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"I don't know that there will be much of an appetite for Democrat lawmakers to spend all of their time, or most of their time or even a fraction of their time investigating, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people", said Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

Despite Fox's disavowal, the Trump campaign continued to list Hannity as a guest throughout Monday at the link where people could seek tickets to the event.

In addition to his conversation with Pelosi, Trump called Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as other candidates he backed during the race, the White House said. It was a group that included his own Fox News colleagues.

Trump called Hannity to the stage after praising Fox, saying, "they're very special, they've done an incredible job for us".

"They can play that game, but we can play it better". Hannity hugged Trump and, after lobbing his crowd-pleasing insult at the media, recited economic statistics. But Monday night's rally crossed a new line, making explicit what had always been implicit.

Trump faces the prospect, starting early next year, of endless investigations after Democrats formally take control of the House, along with stymied policy efforts and fresh questions about the resilience of his unorthodox political coalition.

"The whole thing is just so embarrassing that this guy basically has free rein to do whatever he wants, and management is either helpless or uninterested in doing anything about it", said one Fox News employee. Fox has not addressed the question publicly. "The White House-Fox News nexus has rarely been as evident as tonight in Cape Girardeau", Philip Rucker, White House bureau chief at The Washington Post, said on Twitter.

Voters were having their say as Mr Trump faced the first U.S. national election of his presidency against a Democratic party hoping to turn the page on a stunning defeat in 2016.

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