Fox News’s prime time has tilted Trump-ward this year, adding the talk-radio personality Laura Ingraham to the White House-friendly lineup of Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson.
On Tuesday, the network announced that another hard-line conservative is set to join its ranks: Mark Levin, one of the country’s most prominent right-wing radio hosts, who will host a weekly Sunday show starting in February.
Mr. Levin is an influential figure in conservative circles whose radio show is syndicated on more than 300 stations. He rivals his fellow talk-radio hosts, Mr. Hannity and Ms. Ingraham, in audience size, but not in name recognition, a situation that could change with his new perch on Fox News.
A champion of tea party politics who also served in the Ronald Reagan administration, Mr. Levin is an idiosyncratic conservative who, in the midst of last year’s Republican primary, declared that he would never vote for Donald J. Trump.
By last September, he changed his mind, and in an interview on Tuesday, he acknowledged that he recently visited the president in the Oval Office.
“It was very positive, very friendly,” Mr. Levin said of his conversation with Mr. Trump. “No plotting or planning or conspiracy theories of any sort.”
Although Mr. Levin may fly below the radar of many liberals, he was in the news in March when he informed radio listeners about a “big scandal”: that President Obama had wiretapped Mr. Trump’s campaign. There was no evidence supporting that claim, but Mr. Trump picked up on it anyway, accusing Mr. Obama of spying on him and setting off a political storm.
Speaking by phone on Tuesday from Virginia, where he is based, Mr. Levin spoke admiringly, if wryly, about Mr. Trump. “I don’t wed myself or tie myself to any particular politician,” Mr. Levin said. “On the other hand, I don’t see my role as trying to sabotage the president, either.”
Mr. Levin said he had visited the White House at the invitation of Vice President Mike Pence, a longtime friend. “It was a social lunch,” he said, “and then I was told that the president would like to say hello.”
His Fox News program, “Life, Liberty & Levin,” will involve “in-depth interviews with people of consequence — some of them will be prominent, some of them won’t be,” Mr. Levin said. “I want to cover history and philosophy and politics and economics, and of course, emphasize Americanism: our founding principles, our constitution and the Declaration of Independence.”
Like Ms. Ingraham and Mr. Hannity, Mr. Levin plans to continue his daily radio duties. Asked if he ever expected to host a Fox News show, Mr. Levin said, “I never really envisioned it.”
“I just try and do the best I can at what I’m doing,” Mr. Levin added. “That said, I think it’s a wonderful opportunity, for me and for them.”