President Trump has been hosting a slew of private dinner parties at the White House with friends, lawmakers, conservative leaders and prominent television journalists, according to a Politico report.
The dinners often serve as a means of entertainment for the president and, at times, offer him an affirmation of his own views, Politico reported.
Trump has garnered a reputation as a sort of recluse in Washington, known for fielding late-night phone calls with friends and political allies instead of throwing the high-profile events that have been common for past presidents.
Among those who have dined with Trump at the White House are New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and New York real estate developer Richard LeFrak.
Fox News host Sean Hannity has also stopped by for dinner, according to Politico. And last month, the president hosted former campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie and 2020 reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale.
The dinners have also become an informal way for Trump to hear advice and do business. This week, for example, he dined with venture capitalist Peter Thiel and Oracle Corp. co-CEO Safra Catz, whose company is vying for a multibillion-dollar Pentagon contract.