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.
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton was in the nation's capital to attend a ceremony at the White House honoring the city's famous son Elvis Presley, among others.
They were major proponents of Trump's decision a year ago to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and formally move the United States embassy there, which the president recognized during Friday's ceremony.
He noted that Justice Alan Page was also a college hall of fame quarterback for Notre Dame and a professional National Football League player for the Vikings before becoming a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice. "There he is. You didn't make the front row, he's probably angry". The Adelsons donated $30 million to Trump's campaign in the final months of the 2016 race.More news: Stacey Abrams Prepares 'UNPRECEDENTED MOVE' to Force SECOND VOTE — LAST DITCH EFFORT
"People who said nothing about all of that and now criticize the medal for Dr. Adelson are simply being nasty and partisan, and are not actually taking a look at her remarkable knowledge and charity in the chemical addiction field", Abrams said.
"He was tough, strong", said President Donald Trump.
"Alan and his wife Diane founded the Page Education Foundation, which has provided almost 7,000 scholarships to civic-minded students", Trump said during the ceremony.
"He has total discretion as to who and when and how", said McClellan, who has studied the Presidential Medal of Freedom.More news: Yemen: Saudi-led coalition orders halt to Hodeidah offensive
Posthumous honors are being granted to Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth and Antonin Scalia, the conservative Supreme Court justice. Both Winfrey and Springsteen received medals from Obama, whom they supported politically.
'The Presidential Medal of Freedom has been given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to American life and culture.
"You were very busy", Trump told Maureen Scalia, who once ran a household so traditional that her children were forbidden from wearing jeans to their public school.More news: Blood Pressure Drug Recall