Trump awards 7 Americans the Presidential Medial of Freedom

Cheryl Sanders
November 18, 2018

Miriam Adelson is a doctor, philanthropist and humanitarian, but is perhaps best known as the wife of Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate considered one of the nation's most powerful Republican donors.

One of the recipients of the medal, the US government's highest civilian honour, was late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away at age 79 in 2016. Orrin Hatch the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 16, 2018. Trump is nearly certainly referring to "Elvis has left the building", an oft-repeated remark apparently originating in 1956, when promoter Horace Logan said it over a loudspeaker to calm an unruly crowd in Louisiana.

Miriam Adelson said she is "deeply humbled and moved by this exceptional honor". 'I will tell you he was something special.


- Ex-Minnesota Viking great Alan Page was honored Friday by President Donald Trump with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She and her husband own two newspapers: the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Israel Hayom.

The Latest on the Presidential Medal of Freedom (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump has recognized seven "extraordinary Americans" with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"Here to celebrate Miriam's award is Sheldon - where is Sheldon?"


"Through decades of innovative research, philanthropy and treatment, Miriam has helped thousands break free from their addiction to drugs and alcohol", Trump said. In the front row from the left are Margaret Jane, Justice Scalia, Christopher and Mary.

Jack Soden, President and CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, accepted the Medal of Freedom on behalf of the Presley family. The president posthumously gave the award to baseball legend Babe Ruth, musician Elvis Presley and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Members of the Supreme Court, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chief Justice John Roberts, attended the ceremony. "I think you can criticize a judge but it ought to be done in a formal way", Hatch said at the time. "I always knew I liked him", Trump said, sparking some laughter from the audience.


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