Donald Trump warns of 'fragile' Republican victories in final midterm sprint

Las Vegas Nevada. Trump is in town to support the re-election campaign for U.S. Sen. Dean Heller as well as Nevada Attorney Gene

Las Vegas Nevada. Trump is in town to support the re-election campaign for U.S. Sen. Dean Heller as well as Nevada Attorney Gene

For a grand finale to his campaign blitz Monday night, President Trump invited his advisers, including press secretary Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, and Trump's favorite Fox News pundits, Sean Hannity and Judge Jeanine Pirro, on stage in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to sing his praises.

'This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed'.

And then Hannity directed viewer attention to what he described as an "op-ed on Fox News" allegedly written by Trump, which essentially said, according to Hannity, "If you want continued prosperity, continue this administration" and vote Republican on Tuesday.

"We were all told that Hannity was going to interview the president, but no one that I spoke with expected what happened last night", the employee said.

"By the way, all those people in the back are fake news", Hannity said, referencing the pen for the press pool that also included Fox News journalists.

A Fox News spokeswoman did not immediate return a message seeking comment.

Trump has maintained a busy campaign schedule in the final stretch of the race, with 11 rallies over six days.

However, in a TV interview on Monday, the U.S. leader said he wished he had taken a softer tone in his first two years as president.

He said that the Trump rallies convinced him that Trump would win in 2016 because he had such a great connection with voters.

"There is something happening", Trump told Hannity and the millions watching at home.

Since then, Fox opinion personalities have doubled down on their support of Trump and Hannity's popularity has soared, making for an uncomfortable relationship with the organization's news side.

That seemed to be a good enough explanation for his employers over at Fox News, who issued a statement on the matter Tuesday afternoon.

But, approximately 12 hours after Hannity posted his tweet, he was campaigning on stage with Trump.

When he appeared in a Trump 2016 campaign ad, a Fox News spokesperson said the network "had no knowledge" of Hannity's participation and said he would "not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election".

Hannity has been rebuked by Fox in the past.

In another tweet, Hannity asserted, "And to be clear, I was not referring to my journalist colleagues at FOX News in those remarks".

Obama has taken on a more public role this fall after refraining from offering a full-blown counterpoint to Trump's policies, which have sought to dismantle Obama's legacy. Fox has not addressed the question publicly. "The White House-Fox News nexus has rarely been as evident as tonight in Cape Girardeau", said Philip Rucker, White House bureau chief at The Washington Post, on Twitter.

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