First lady Melania Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh. The conservative radio host recently announced an advanced cancer diagnosis https://t.co/C3Wm2ERpwP pic.twitter.com/rMnJUse6mA— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 5, 2020
WASHINGTON — Rush Limbaugh received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the 2020 State of the Union, just a day after the conservative radio host announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
During his address, President Donald Trump described Limbaugh as “a special man, someone beloved by millions of Americans,” and called him “the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet.”
Trump continued: “Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
First lady Melania Trump then presented Limbaugh with the medal as those seated nearby gave a standing ovation.