Trump calls into Rush Limbaugh's show for two hours

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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 HannityParents of Seth Rich reach undisclosed settlement with Fox News Palin responds to Obama: 'He is a purveyor of untruths' The evolution of cable TV news — after Donald Trump 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 calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Bottom line Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition 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) WallaceBiden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic Anti-Defamation League criticizes White House appointee 'who has consorted with racists' MORE, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris calls nurse on Thanksgiving to express gratitude in fight against COVID-19 Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.). For a second consecutive day, he swiped at Attorney General William BarrBill BarrNew DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Five federal inmates scheduled for execution before Inauguration Day 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Israeli military instructed to prepare for Trump strike on Iran: report MORE as he called for prominent Democrats, including former President Obama and Obama's vice president, now-Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad 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 CarlsonEx-Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell files lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia The Memo: Trump election loss roils right More conservatives break with Trump over election claims 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.