On the 30th anniversary of the commencement of his national radio program, Rush Limbaugh took a high-priority call Wednesday that caught the veteran broadcaster off guard.
It was from President Donald Trump.
“This is your favorite president and I think you are fantastic!” Trump boldly declared as Limbaugh went to the phones.
“I thought there was nothing anybody could do to surprise me,” Limbaugh responded, after having been treated to cake and champagne from his studio staff at the show’s open.
“You’re a very special man,” Trump told Limbaugh. “People have no idea how important your voice is.”
Trump said he made it a point to congratulate Rush on three decades in the business, noting he would “even dial the number myself if I have to.”
“People don’t realize what a great achievement it is,” Trump continued. “That’s a cut-throat business.”
“Thirty years in that tough business is incredible, and you’re stronger now than ever before.”
Trump was coming off a personal rally in Tampa, Florida, Tuesday night where he said there was strong support for himself and his policies among the thousands of people in the crowd.
“There’s a tremendous amount of love in the room and I am aware of it,” he noted.
He recounted some of his accomplishments to Limbaugh on Wednesday, saying, “We have more people working in the United States today than at any time in our history.
But Trump also noted there are dark forces in the nation’s capital working to thwart his efforts: “You have as lot of bad people in Washington … You have no idea how evil they are.”
Limbaugh and Trump discussed some specifics of today’s politics, including Trump’s threat to shut down the federal government in order to get a wall constructed on America’s southern border with Mexico.
“I’m not doing it for politics,” Trump said. “I happen to think border security would be a good thing before the election. … We’re doing it because Democrats are not giving us the votes.”
Before ending the call, Trump encouraged Limbaugh to continue his broadcast for decades more, saying, “Do it for another 30 years. After that, you can take it easy.”
After Trump’s call, Limbaugh explained: “I know 30 years have gone by, but so much of it seems like it was yesterday.”
“Everything that happens to me, I always try to learn from it. … I use what happened in the past to learn from it.”
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