Trump honours GOP donor, 6 others with presidential award

"Some real fine people have been selected and [the medal is] for giving service to the country, those who have really excelled as Americans and gave back to the country", says Lynch, now executive chairman of NewDay USA, a mortgage lending company for veterans.

After asking the Adelson family to stand, he said, "They were very happy to see the embassy move to Jerusalem". Yeah, you know the Chuck D line I'm talking about: "Elvis was a hero to most, but he never meant s- to me".

Trump also honored Sen.

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The Adelsons donated $30 million towards the president's 2016 campaign effort.

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.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Maureen Scalia (wife of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia), and Dr. Miriam Adelson after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on November 16, 2018.

Other honorees include Hall of Fame baseball player Babe Ruth, late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach.

The president called Senator Hatch "a great friend", saying: "He liked me right from the beginning and therefore I like him". Sheldon Adelson was with Trump on midterm election night last week.

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

"Wow", the president said as he pondered the nine offspring.

Clarifying the choices, the White House claimed it had followed the example of previous administrations' processes.

The views of "the public, advisory bodies, the cabinet and senior staff" were all taken into account in making the decision, White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said.

President Donald Trump for the first time awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday, adding to a tradition in which the leader of the USA honors individuals who have made significant positive impacts on American life.