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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Trump awards top civilian honour to Elvis Presley

The US president will also posthumously recognise the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Elvis Presley has received a medal from Donald Trump (Elvis Presley Enterprises/PA)
Elvis Presley has received a medal from Donald Trump (Elvis Presley Enterprises/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including Elvis Presley, baseball legend Babe Ruth and the wife of a major Republican Party donor.

Mr Trump will also posthumously recognise the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Babe Ruth, who is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, is being honoured (PA)

Medals are going to Miriam Adelson, a doctor and wife of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor; Utah Republican Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 41 years in the US Senate; former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach; and Alan Page, who began a legal career after leaving the NFL.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest honour for a civilian.

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