Donald Trump 1st Medal of Freedom: Elvis Presley and Six Others Honoured
Singing legend Elvis Presley was among the seven recipients at US President Donald Trump’s first Medal of Freedom ceremony since taking office.
The award is the highest honour a sitting president can bestow on a civilian.
The White House described Elvis as “an enduring American icon”.
Among the other six recipients honoured at the White House on Friday were baseball legend Babe Ruth and late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
NFL hall-of-famers Roger Staubach and Alan Page were the other sporting icons honoured at the ceremony.
“America is blessed to have the most skill, passion and talent anywhere on Earth,” Mr Trump said during his opening remarks.
“We are truly a great nation and we are a nation that is doing really, really well right now.”
Retiring Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and doctor, philanthropist, and humanitarian Miriam Adelson completed the list.
The president called Senator Hatch “a great friend”, saying: “He liked me right from the beginning and therefore I like him.”
Mr Trump also joked with Justice Scalia’s widow, Maureen, over the size of her family.