Orrin Hatch among 7 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump

Orrin Hatch among 7 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump

Orrin Hatch among 7 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump

The recipients also include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.

He has since been a major driver of Trump administration middle-eastern policy, including the switch of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem earlier this year, the abandonment of the Iran deal and the installation of the hawkish John Bolton as Trump's third national security adviser.

Former President John F. Kennedy created the Medal of Freedom in 1963 for "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or world peace. or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". Senator Orrin Hatch, 84, the Utah Republican retiring at the end of this congressional term after serving since 1977, will also receive the award. This will be Trump's first Medal of Freedom ceremony since taking office. According to the White House, the physician was chosen for founding research centers dedicated to substance abuse.

I'm blown away Donald Trump is giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Miriam Adelson, Republican mega-donor who gave $55 million to Republicans in the 2018 midterms.

Scalia "was one of the greatest Supreme Court justices in American history", the White House said after being confirmed unanimously in 1986 and dying in 2016.

Defensive tackle Alan Page was the other professional football player tapped for the Medal of Freedom. He started in four Super Bowls, was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1971, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

American singer and film star Elvis Presley, circa 1975. Since 1988, his Page Education Foundation has provided scholarships to almost 7,000 students. He set records that stood for decades, including 714 home runs, 2,873 hits, 2,174 runs, and 2,062 walks-and he remains unmatched with a.690 slugging percentage.

The White House noted Presley's accomplishments in the music industry and described him as "an enduring American icon 4 decades after his death".

The "legacy" of baseball legend Babe Ruth "has never been eclipsed", the White House said, while recognizing his various records and victories with the New York Yankees.

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