Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight
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The White House announced on Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE will award actor Jon Voight the National Medal of Arts later this week.

Voight, one of Trump's most vocal Hollywood supporters, will be honored at a White House ceremony on Thursday for his "exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters," the White House said in a statement.


"Captivating audiences, he has given us insights into the richness of the human mind and heart," the statement said.

Voight, who won the 1978 Academy Award for best actor for his role in "Coming Home," has called Trump the "greatest president since Abraham Lincoln."

"Our country is stronger, safer and with more jobs because our president has made his every move correct," Voight said of Trump's presidency in May. "Don't be fooled by the political left because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph."

Among those who will also be recognized on Thursday are bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss and author James Patterson, who will receive a National Humanities Medal. Patterson is the Edgar Award-winning author of numerous book series including the Alex Cross novels, as well as a 2016 investigative book about multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.