Right-wing radio icon Rush Limbaugh said the media was miscasting him as among those who were criticizing President Donald Trump for "betraying" them on immigration Tuesday.
Here's the audio of Limbaugh on Trump and immigration:
"We're gonna nail this down," Limbaugh said. "Even though CNN is misrepresenting it... where I think Trump sold us out. And that's not what I think happened yesterday."
"I've been pretty clear what I think happened. But CNN is eager to make it appear that Trump is losing his base..."
Limbaugh explained a report from CNN's Abby Phillips saying, "Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, many others saying, 'whoah whoah whoah, wait a minute! You were our guy on this! You were build the wall, anti-amnesty, little Marco, Jeb is soft, what happened yesterday, was that a one day episode of the reality TV show that sometimes [plays] at Trump's White House? Where I need Democrats right now so I'm gonna pretend to be nicer and softer? Which is it?'"
Limbaugh was referring to a televised meeting between the president, Republicans and Democrats where the issue of immigration reform was discussed. At one point, the president said he was eager to sign any bill that the Congress would put before him, even a bad bill.
"So you see, I've been put in that camp that thinks Trump is selling us out," Limbaugh explained. "Well, let me remind you, this is what I said yesterday after I had considered everything. This was my take on it."
"It was a brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed rebuttal to this stupid [Michael] Wolff book," Limbaugh said. "The pictures tell the tale — Trump is in the room, dominating it, controlling it, he is cooperative, he is open, he's tolerant, he's understanding. He's in total command of over 45 minutes of televised meeting on immigration. He is totally informed on the issues."
"So after you watch this, how would you react to anything in the Wolff book characterizing Mr. Trump as just the opposite of this?" he asked. "And this was the purpose of this today — it was not about immigration."
"It was to counter the Wolff book, it was to get rid of it, it was to toss it aside, it was to rebut it, it was to nuke it, it was to dispel it, it was to render it meaningless, and to have it seen for what it is — a pack of lies."
Trump reacted negatively to the book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," which reportedly shows palace intrigue and internecine fighting at the White House.