Fox News' Sean Hannity Ponders If Trump Knew 'Exactly What He Was Doing' When Asked About Taking Foreign Help In Elections

Fox News host Sean Hannity questioned Thursday if President Donald Trump's answer to a question about accepting foreign dirt on political opponents was just the president's way of playing the news media and Democrats.

"I wonder if he knew exactly what he was doing, the exact way he was asked that question and the answer he gave because time after time, he knows the media bubble and fizz like Alka-Seltzer in water and he is playing them like a flute," Hannity said in Thursday's opening monologue.

"And because he knew they couldn't resist the story about the Trump campaign and foreign intelligence, he knew how desperate they are to keep the Russia hoax alive and, as per usual, he was right," Hannity added before praising his show, Hannity, and Fox News for being right about their predictions of media coverage about Trump's statement.

Trump has drawn rebuke from Democrats and Republicans for comments made during an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, who questioned the president on if he would notify the FBI if a foreign power contacted him to offer information on a political opponent.

"I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] 'we have information on your opponent' — oh, I think I'd want to hear it," Trump replied, but also said he might "do both," meaning he would listen to the information and also call the FBI.

Fox News host Sean Hannity delivers an opening monologue on his June 13, 2019 show about President Donald Trump's comments regarding if he would notify the FBI if offered information on political opponents which had been gathered by a foreign power . Fox News Channel

"Here's the we predicted, so blinded in their hatred for President Trump, [the media doesn't] even realize they were set up like bowling pins, showing their ridiculous hypocrisy. Because they're the very same people smearing the president hour after hour," Hannity said, going on to say that those people had ignored that the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton had also bought information from foreign entities.

That information came to be known as the dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

"It's like I'm the only person who cares about Bernie Sanders. No outrage by any of these people. She bought it, she sought it, she paid for it, they spread it, they tried to use it to impact the election," Hannity said, saying that the media has not been outraged about Clinton "rigging the primary" or paying for the dossier.

Hannity's monologue also dismissed the idea that Trump would be committing a crime by listening to information gathered by a foreign agent, saying that listening and then calling the FBI means that it isn't a crime.

"The president, let's go back, [said] if called, I'll listen. If bad, I'll call the FBI," Hannity said. "Fake News CNN, conspiracy TV MSNBC - you gotta love Roswell Rachel Maddow, oh, it's so great - over a real example of seeking, paying for Russian disinformation. Real collusion, real money, real exchanges, real campaign finance violations, real laws broken, but the same outrage never shown."

Hannity went on to list stories that he felt didn't generate enough outrage among the news media, including the Ukranian government trying to help Clinton win the election by questioning if Trump was fit for office and California Rep. Adam Schiff taking a call from an "unverified Russian opp" who was offering information related to dirt acquired about Trump.

The call, made from Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, was a hoax, though Schiff was unaware at the time he took the call in April 2017.

"He's on tape, a senior member of Congress, more than happy to take a call from an unverified Russian opp in order to source out embarrassing material to impact the election of Donald Trump. Yet no outrage from the media mob. But Trump answers a question. He says if called, by Georgie - little Stephanoplous, the Clinton sycophant - if called, he'll listen. If bad, he'll call the FBI. Hypothetical question, opp research, the mob goes wild. The hypocrisy reeks. You can't make this up," Hannity said to close the 10-minute segment.

You can watch Hannity's monologue in its entirety below.