Rush Limbaugh to receive presidential medal of freedom, Trump says

Henrietta Brewer
February 5, 2020

In a surprise move that few people saw coming during President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address, conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh was awarded the United States' highest civilian honor - the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The appearance comes a day after Limbaugh announced on his radio program that he has been diagnosed with "advanced lung cancer". First lady Melania Trump presented the award to Limbaugh.

A reporter from Fox News caught up with Mr. Limbaugh as he was making his way to the gallery for the president's address to the nation, and asked about the rumors that he might receive the honor.

The award is the highest civilian honor bestowed by a U.S. president and Trump told senior journalists the news as they attended a private luncheon with the president in Washington on Tuesday ahead of the State of the Union address in the evening, reports emerged.

Trump told network anchors during a private lunch earlier Tuesday that he planned to award Limbaugh with the Medal of Freedom.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson tweeted Tuesday night congratulating Limbaugh on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn't have to tell you", Limbaugh, 69, said to listeners Monday, according to the Associated Press. The rightwing talkshow host began his radio program 31 years ago and had recently signed a new long-term contract.

Like presidents before him, Trump invites anchors from all the major networks to dine with him at the White House in advance of his State of the Union address.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, sat unmoved during the whole sequence and offered no applause. "Looking for a speedy recovery for our friend!", the president said.

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