Trump calls into Rush Limbaugh's show for two hours

President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit 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 HannityPsaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign Biden walks fine line with Fox News 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 RyanRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer Trump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece 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) WallaceAnything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why Biden walks fine line with Fox News Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWant to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Will Pence primary Trump — and win? MORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (D-Calif.). For a second consecutive day, he swiped at Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHighest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Native Americans are targets of voter suppression too Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump 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 PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE as he called for prominent Democrats, including former President Obama and Obama's vice president, now-Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Iowa governor suggests immigrants partially to blame for rising COVID-19 cases Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on 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 CarlsonDon Lemon defends Tucker Carlson amid confrontation video Fox News blasts 'ambush' of Carlson at Montana fly-fishing store Psaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation 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.