Last Updated on February 17, 2021
President Donald Trump, who has only released written statements since leaving the White House, broke his silence to comment on the death of radio pioneer and legend Rush Limbaugh.
As President Trump was introduced, the Fox News hosts recounted that the former President awarded Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the last State of the Union address of his first term.
“It was a great honor to do so, when we gave the Medal of Freedom, that was something special, it was an incredible night,” said President Trump. “Half the room went crazy and the other half of the room, they knew he should get it. But it was special and he was special.”
President Trump was then asked about the last time he spoke to Limbaugh, which he revealed was only days ago.
“Three or four days ago, I called him just to find out, his fight was very, very courageous, and he was very, very sick, and from diagnosis on, it was just something that was just not going to be beat, but you wouldn’t know it,” said President Trump. “And he is married to an incredible woman, Kathryn, who really, every time I spoke to him, he would tell me, she took such great care. He was very brave, I mean he, in theory, could have been gone four months ago. He was fighting until the very end.”
When asked about how he felt Limbaugh supported or did not support his America First agenda, President Trump instead spoke to the character and intellect of the passed radio pioneer.
“Rush is irreplaceable, unique, and he had an audience that was massive, and you know he could do something, he would get up in the show, and would just talk,” said President Trump. “He wouldn’t take phone calls, where everybody would call in every two minutes, and that’s sort of easy to do. He would just talk for two hours, three hours, just talk. And that’s not an easy thing to do. I once asked him, do you study for the show? And he said, actually I study very hard, which a little bit surprised me.”
“He was a fantastic man, a fantastic talent, and people, whether they loved him or not, they respected him. They really did.”