Alan Page Receives Presidential Medal Of Freedom

President Donald Trump awards Miriam Adelson the wife of Las Vegas Sands Corporation Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson and Republican mega donor the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington Friday Nov. 16 2018

It's the highest honor American can give to a civilian. "I always knew I liked him", Trump said, sparking some laughter from the audience.

Trump also awarded the Medal of Freedom to philanthropist Miriam Adelson, the wife of GOP donor Sheldon Adelson as well as retired National Football League players Roger Staubach and Alan Page, who now serves as a Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. "There he is. You didn't make the front row, he's probably angry".

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

Among the other six recipients honoured at the White House on Friday were baseball legend Babe Ruth and late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The other recipients include doctor and philanthropist Miriam Adelson, Republican Sen.

Scalia was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1986 until his death in 2016 and was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

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Before introducing Presley's award, 'How Great Thou Art, ' as sung by Presley, played throughout the East Room.

Robert Weissman, president of the public interest group Public Citizen, said the decision was "emblematic of the corrupt and transactional presidency of Donald Trump". Elvis left the building a little too soon, according to the president.

The Adelsons are known best for their political activity and support of Israel, but their foundation donated more than $110 million in grants, mostly for the objective of medical research, from 2011 to 2015. 'I will tell you he was something special.

"Some real fine people have been selected and [the medal is] for giving service to the country, those who have really excelled as Americans and gave back to the country", says Lynch, now executive chairman of NewDay USA, a mortgage lending company for veterans.

"Joining us for this ceremony is (Judge Scalia's) wife, Maureen - who has become a great friend of my family, myself - and their nine children", Trump said before listing each of the Scalia children.

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