Rush Limbaugh, during the Wednesday broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, tamped down reports that President Donald Trump referred to the White House as a "real dump," and claimed that he'd seen the opposite with his own eyes.
Limbaugh claimed that Trump personally gave him a tour in March, and claimed that the president considered the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue residence more than suitable.
“Now, on this White-House-is-a-dump business, I’ve never been to Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey," Limbaugh began. "The story is at TheHill.com, where they report members at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club that the White House is ‘a real dump.'”
He continued, “I just can tell you this. I was at the White House, Kathryn and I were at the White House on March 23rd for about five hours ... Before we sat down and had dinner, Trump gave us a tour of the White House and the residence. I had been there before, and I didn’t quite know how to handle that.”
“I’ve been there a number of times but I don’t think President Trump knew that," Limbaugh explained. "And so when he said, 'Rush, have you seen this?' And of course I had, no matter what it was he was showing, I said, 'Never with you, sir.' And he remained enthusiastic."
Limbaugh noted that Trump was extremely excited about being at the White House, and during Limbaugh's personal tour, the president "kept telling us how shocked he was" and "how luxurious the White House was."
“Now, the general consensus opinion going around, ‘Well, hell, look, Trump is a gazillionaire," Limbaugh reasoned. "He lives in a gilded penthouse on Park Avenue or Fifth Avenue. He’s got gold everywhere.'"
“And the White House doesn’t have a lot of gold around it, and so forth,” he added.
Limbaugh noted that one of Trump's favorite features included the historic paintings, which "intrigued him."
“He didn’t say anything other than how luxurious it was and he pointed it out, pointed out various construction things, the art on the walls, and he explained how presidents get to choose what art they want from the archives,” Limbaugh revealed.
Doubling down on his remarks, Limbaugh concluded, “Trump never referred to it as a dump. He was proud of it. He kept telling us how luxurious it was and how surprised he was at that.”
You can listen to the audio below.