Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump, GOP get millions, Miriam Adelson gets Presidential Medal of Freedom

Trump, GOP get millions, Miriam Adelson gets Presidential Medal of Freedom

Jack Soden, President and CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, accepted the Medal of Freedom on behalf of the Presley family.

Barack Obama honored in his tenure as US President including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and the former activists of the civil rights movement John Lewis with the freedom medal.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Trump used the process follow by previous administrations to settle on his group of honorees.

Alyssa Farrah, Vice President Mike Pence's current press secretary, wrote in a 2013 Mic story about the Obama-era honorees, arguing that "awarding favors to political supporters is hardly a new practice in the U.S., but bestowing one of the nation's historically most prestigious honors to a roll call of presidential donors may raise eyebrows".

Miriam Adelson is an Israeli-born, naturalized USA citizen who earned a medical degree from Tel Aviv University and founded drug abuse treatment and research centers in Las Vegas and Tel Aviv.

They also included former Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears football star turned state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, hall-of-fame quarterback Roger Staubach, and philanthropist and major Republican fundraiser Miriam Adelson.

Elvis Presley to get US Presidential Medal of Freedom
Elvis Presley awarded US Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump

Singing legend Elvis Presley was among the seven recipients at US President Donald Trump's first Medal of Freedom ceremony since taking office.

"As mayor of the birthplace of Elvis Presley, it is my great honor to accept an invitation to the White House for the posthumous awarding of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Elvis Presley", Shelton said.

The couple has been champions for the Jewish community but were also two of the biggest financial supporters of the Trump presidential campaign.

Adelson wasn't shy about touting her conservative ideals in a statement from Las Vegas Sands Corp., a massive casino and hotel company owned by her husband. Abrams noted the Miriam Adelson has donated her time and her money to combatting addiction.

The Medal of Freedom is given to people who have made significant contributions to the United States' national interests and security, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Wow, ' the president said, causing those in the room to chuckle.

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