President Donald Trump on Friday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and six other “extraordinary Americans.”
It’s the highest honor America gives a civilian. (In Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Monday, Nov. 19, as Justice Alan C. Page Day.)
Medal of Freedom Recipients include doctor and Republican Party donor Miriam Adelson, wife of Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The Adelsons have donated millions to Trump and the GOP in recent years.
Trump also recognized Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. Hatch, one of the longest-serving Republican senators in U.S. history. Hatch is retiring in January after more than 40 years. Trump calls Hatch a “great friend” who “liked me right from the beginning and therefore I like him.”
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach also was honored.
Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth and Antonin Scalia, the conservative U.S. Supreme Court justice, received posthumous honors.