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

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

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.

Presley's velvety voice filled the White House briefly on Friday when a recording of one his songs was played at a ceremony hosted by the president to honour the king of rock 'n roll. They followed up by donating $100 million to the Republican Party for last week's midterm elections.

Elvis was part of an eclectic group of seven Americans being awarded the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.

The other recipients are retiring Republican Sen.

Explaining the posthumous award, the White House said: "Presley defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world".

"Through decades of innovative research, philanthropy and treatment, Miriam has helped thousands break free from their addiction to drugs and alcohol", Trump said.

Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach was among seven people who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday.

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'Just when you think Trump can't be any grosser, he has to comment on a dead man's sex life, ' she wrote on Twitter.

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

"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. He contrasted her award with those given by President Barack Obama to Chita Rivera, Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Ellen DeGeneres and Warren Buffett, among others. Wow, ' the president said, causing those in the room to chuckle.

"America is blessed to have the most skill, passion and talent anywhere on Earth", Mr Trump said during his opening remarks.

The award is given to individuals "who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

Over the years, it raised more than $15 million granting college scholarships to more than 7,000 students of color.