Trump awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley


"To protect the sacred heritage of the Jewish faith, Miriam and [her husband] Sheldon have supported Jewish schools, Holocaust memorial organizations and helped Jewish Americans visit the Holy Land", said U.S. President Donald Trump.

"Universally admired for his towering intellect, brilliant wit and fierce devotion to our founding principles, Justice Scalia has made a deep and lasting impact on the history of our nation", Trump said. "I always knew I liked him", which was welcomed with an even bigger laugh.

"United States proudly recognizes Justice Page's athletic accomplishments and life time of public service and philanthropy", Trump said.

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"Together, my husband, Sheldon, and I have dedicated our lives to freedom: to a free market that benefits the greater good and to philanthropic endeavors that succor those suffering from poverty and disease", Adelson said. The couple donated millions to Mr Trump's presidential campaign in 2016. Ruth's grandson Thomas Stevens accepted the award during a ceremony at the White House.

The other recipients include doctor and philanthropist Miriam Adelson, Republican Sen. Baseball legend Babe Ruth, National Football League (NFL) hall-of-famers Roger Staubach and Alan Page, retiring Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia were among the others given the award.

Elvis Presley to get US Presidential Medal of Freedom
Elvis Presley awarded US Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump

The Adelsons are also avid supporters of Israel.

Some questioned Trump's decision to recognize Miriam Adelson so soon after the November 6 election.

"Glad to see you're feeling well", the president said to Ginsburg.

The White House said that the nominees were chosen following the same criteria used by previous administrations.

President Donald Trump for the first time awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday, adding to a tradition in which the leader of the US honors individuals who have made significant positive impacts on American life.

Reacting to the award Mrs Adelson told reporters she was "deeply humbled and moved by this exceptional honour".

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