President Trump on Friday awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian commendation, to late musician Elvis Presley, late baseball star Babe Ruth, NFL Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former NFL player and Minnesota state Justice Alan Page, and philanthropist Miriam Adelson. Critics pointed out that Adelson and her husband, Sheldon Adelson, are billionaires who donated substantially to Trump's campaign in 2016, though other presidents have also given the medals in ways that appeared to be politically motivated. Scalia's widow, Maureen, accepted his award on his behalf. Trump played part of a Presley song during the ceremony, and called all the recipients "extraordinary."
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