Trump bestows Medals of Freedom on Adelson, Babe Ruth, Elvis and others

Trump bestows Medals of Freedom on Adelson, Babe Ruth, Elvis and others

Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who is retiring at the end of the year as one of the nation's longest-serving senators; National Football League legends Roger Staubach and Alan Page, who served on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

"It's emblematic of the corrupt and transactional presidency of Donald Trump, and it is a shame, but not a surprise, that he is corroding and corrupting a civic treasure, an honor like the Medal of Freedom", Weissman said.

She was one of seven people Trump recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday.

"It's a great honor", Trump said.

The White House lauded Adelson the as a "committed doctor, philanthropist, and humanitarian", but not everyone believed the Israeli-American physician - known best as a leading GOP megadonor alongside her husband Sheldon - was deserving of the exclusive jewelry.

As Trump heaped praise on Scalia as a champion of original intent during his time on the Supreme Court, the president listed all nine of the Justice's children, and he eventually said this as he turned to Scalia's widow: Maureen McCarthy.

Miriam Adelson is an Israeli-born, naturalized USA citizen who earned a medical degree from Tel Aviv University and founded drug abuse treatment and research centers in Las Vegas and Tel Aviv. Trump posthumously bestowed the honor on baseball phenom Babe Ruth, rock and roll legend Elvis Presley and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

President Trump on Friday awarded seven Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., which is given to those who have made a major cultural impact on the country.

The Adelsons donated $30 million towards the president's 2016 campaign effort. Ruth's grandson Thomas Stevens accepted the award during a ceremony at the White House. She and her husband own the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Israel Hayom newspapers.

Trump also announced during the ceremony that he's picked Wheeler to permanently lead the EPA.

"Roger, you inspire Americans across the country to work hard, dream big, and always push on to victory", Trump said.

Miriam Adelson said she is "deeply humbled and moved by this exceptional honor".

The nomination of Mrs Adelson, wife of billionaire casino magnate and Republican party donor Sheldon Adelson, drew some criticism.

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