Trump calls into Rush Limbaugh's show for two hours

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE on Friday called into Rush Limbaugh's talk radio show for two hours, during which the president levied familiar complaints about the media and Democrats and took yet another position on stimulus talks.

The president had no public events on his schedule on Friday as he remains at the White House recovering from COVID-19. The Trump campaign had billed his call with Limbaugh as the "largest radio rally in history," but it was little more than a conversation between the two men about many of the same topics Trump covered in two interviews with Fox networks a day earlier.

Trump, who is one week removed from testing positive for COVID-19, said he was feeling much better. Limbaugh pointed to his endurance on the call as a sign the president was on the mend, though Trump was audibly raspy and had to clear his throat a night earlier during a call with Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPence to narrate Limbaugh documentary series for Fox Nation Pompeo not ruling out 2024 White House bid Grenell hints at potential California gubernatorial bid MORE of Fox News.


The president repeatedly referred to an antibody cocktail he received from the company Regeneron as a "cure" for the novel coronavirus. No cure yet exists for the virus, and the Regeneron product is not widely available to the public.

Trump lobbed another curveball into ongoing discussions about a possible economic aid package amid the pandemic, telling Limbaugh he would like to see a dollar figure larger than either party has proposed.

"I’m telling you something I don’t tell anybody else, because maybe it helps or maybe it hurts negotiations," Trump said. "I would like to see a bigger package."

The president earlier this week said he directed officials to halt negotiations over a stimulus deal, only to increase the administration's offer earlier Friday.

And the president again argued that Black Lives Matter is a "racist" and "Marxist" group, his latest diatribe against the organization amid months of protests against racial injustice and police brutality.


"It’s a term that sows division between Blacks and whites and everybody else, and it’s a very bad term for Blacks," he said.

Trump and Limbaugh spent a large portion of the interview complaining about the media. Trump attacked Fox News as a whole, complaining that the network was less favorable to him than it was four years ago and at one point blaming former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be MORE (R-Wis.), who is on the board of Fox's parent company, for the shift.

The president lashed out at LeBron James, Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceWarner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Rick Scott acknowledges Biden 'absolutely' won fair election Bill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' MORE, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol MORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump White House associate tied to Proud Boys before riot via cell phone data Greene sounds off on GOP after Hill story 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis MORE (D-Calif.). For a second consecutive day, he swiped at Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolitics in the Department of Justice can be a good thing Majority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case MORE, this time over reports that a final report on the origins of the Russia investigation is not expected until after Election Day.

"I’d be surprised and I’d be very disappointed," Trump said of that prospect. "I’ll probably be disappointed. Because this stuff should’ve come out a year ago anyway."

The president a day earlier targeted Barr and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoIt will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Pompeo not ruling out 2024 White House bid MORE as he called for prominent Democrats, including former President Obama and Obama's vice president, now-Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE, to be indicted. 


Limbaugh and Trump have long shared a mutual admiration. The president awarded the controversial radio show host the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier this year during his State of the Union address, and Limbaugh was effusive in his praise of Trump on Friday, calling his election "providential."

The radio host did at one point offer some blunt talk for Trump, telling the president he "did kind of bail" Biden out during last week's presidential debate "by the way when he started to fade and you kept talking at him."

As Trump neared the two-hour mark, it was Limbaugh who moved to wrap up the call.

"I know you’ve got a jam-packed day left on your schedule," Limbaugh said.

"To be with you two hours, you have no idea. It’s a great honor," Trump said. The president still seemed to be speaking as Limbaugh's show transitioned into a commercial.

The president is scheduled to appear on Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill Tucker Carlson bashes CNN, claims it's 'more destructive' than QAnon Former Trump officials eye bids for political office MORE's show on Fox News, where he will sit for what is being billed as a medical evaluation and interview with contributor Marc Siegel. That appearance is not expected to be live, however.