Radio host Limbaugh awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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President Donald Trump arrives for his State of the Union address at the Capitol in Washington on February 4, 2020.

President Trump plans to award conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom "as soon as next week", Politico reports.

Limbaugh told his audience this week that he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and would be forced to miss work. "His health condition, however, does not excuse a career of hate-filled racism, homophobia and misogyny, nor remotely justify giving him a high honor in the form of the Presidential Medal of Freedom".

The conservative talk radio show host appeared visibly surprised when First Lady Melania Trump placed the medal around his neck as Trump paused his speech. "But what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and victor that you will ever meet", said Trump, 73, as he introduced Limbaugh, 69, who was seated with his wife next to First Lady Melania Trump. "I'm sure that you all know I really don't like talking about myself and I don't like making things about me other than in the usual satirical, joking way".

"Every day I'm not here, I'll be missing you and thinking about you", he said.

Rush Limbaugh reacts as first Lady Melania Trump prepares to present him with the the Presidential Medal of Freedom as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday Fe
Radio host Limbaugh awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Rubin was responding to actor Rob Reiner, who tweeted: "I loathe this f--g man".

Trump thanked Limbaugh, credited for helping advance a Republican takeover of Congress in the early 1990s, for his dedication to the country and his listeners.

Limbaugh's first national radio show launched from NY in 1988 and he's had national prominence since.

Limbaugh has been hosting "The Rush Limbaugh Show" for 31 years.

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