Trump awards 7 Americans the Presidential Medial of Freedom

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President Trump on Friday awarded seven Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, which is given to those who have made a major cultural impact on the country.

In a White House room where Presidents honor heroes, a Minnesota legend and NFL Hall-of-Famer is enshrined into the nation's exclusive club of citizenship.

"Melania and I are thrilled to welcome you to the White House as we honor the recipients of our nation's highest civilian honor". Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who is retiring at the end of the year as one of the nation's longest-serving senators; National Football League legends Roger Staubach and Alan Page, who served on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Miriam Adelson is cited by the White House for founding research centers committed to fighting substance abuse and, with her husband, establishing the Adelson Medical Research Foundation, which supports research on life-threatening illnesses. They followed up by donating $100 million to the Republican Party for last week's midterm elections.

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.

At one point in the award ceremony, while Trump was recognizing Miriam Adelson, he looked for Sheldon in the audience.

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

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Trump says Miriam Adelson is "somebody who's worked so hard".

Elliott Abrams, who held foreign policy roles under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, called the complaints "ridiculous".

Miriam Adelson said she is "deeply humbled and moved by this exceptional honor". She is looking down on you right now and she is so proud with love. "Drug dependency is enslavement, for the user and his or her family and society, and treatment an emancipation", she said in a statement released Thursday.

"He has total discretion as to who and when and how", said McClellan, who has studied the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Past Medal of Freedom recipients during the Obama administration, including singer Barbra Streisand, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, baseball player Ernie Banks, Judge Patricia Wald, psychologist Daniel Kahneman and journalist Ben Bradlee, all made donations to Democratic and Obama-related political funds.

The award will go to one of the most popular artists that ever lived, said Trump.

President Donald Trump has chosen the wife of powerful Republican donor Sheldon Adelson to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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