When Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president, most of the media pushed back and thought his candidacy was nothing more than joke. While Trump and the mainstream media are still at odds, Fox News host Sean Hannity continues to stick by him through thick and thin.

Hannity's call

During Donald Trump's campaign announcement in June 2015, he referred to illegal immigrants from Mexico as "rapists" and "murderers." Instantly, the media lashed out with the two sides butting heads ever since. Following Trump's election win, the rift between the former host of "The Apprentice" and the press has only gotten worse, with the president often firing back at reports he doesn't agree with and labeling them "fake news" in the process.

Last month, Trump went as far as banning well-respected news outlets, like the BBC, CNN, and the New York Times, from attending a press briefing at the White House. In recent weeks, Trump has focused on leaks that have made their way to the press, which he believes is a serious problems in his administration. This issue was discussed during the March 9 edition of "Hannity" on Fox News.

Fox News host Sean Hannity kicked off his show Thursday night by calling for Donald Trump to enact a "purge" of the United States government. "For weeks, we have been warning you about the deep state, Obama holdover government bureaucrats who are hellbent on destroying this president, President Trump," Hannity said, before adding, "It's time for the Trump administration to begin to purge these saboteurs before it's too late."

After citing former President Abraham Lincoln's decision to fire many members of the government upon his arrival, Sean Hannity called on Donald Trump to do the same.

"It's time now for President Trump to follow Abraham Lincoln's example and fire anyone and everyone who is actively working against him." Concluding his thoughts, the Fox News host went on to say that "every holdover from the Obama administration, they need to go," while suggesting a "thorough investigation" take place into potential leakers.

Moving forward

While it's unknown if Donald Trump will follow the example suggested by Sean Hannity, the president has been forceful in his opposition to alleged leakers. Though it's only been two months since Trump has been in the White House, it appears that the trouble has just begun and isn't ready to end anytime soon.