Trump to award Medal of Freedom to Babe Ruth, Elvis, Scalia, Hatch

Trump to award Medal of Freedom to Babe Ruth, Elvis, Scalia, Hatch
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE is set to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to seven people next week, including Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators MORE (R-Utah), musician Elvis Presley, baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth and the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The country's highest civilian honor, the medal is awarded to those who have "made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors," the White House said in a statement Saturday.

The White House highlighted Hatch's more than four decades of service in the Senate, noting that he has "sponsored more bills that have become law than any other living Member of Congress."

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Presley, who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is being awarded the medal for his contributions to defining American music as well as his willingness to serve nearly two years in the military despite his fame, the White House said.

Scalia is being given the award for his nearly 30-year term on the Supreme Court and being a "champion of the Constitution."

Others who are set to receive the medal Nov. 16 include Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and philanthropist Miriam Adelson, the wife of GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.