Trump to award Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese

Trump to award Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE will present the Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese, the White House announced Monday.

The president will honor Meese on Tuesday during a ceremony at the White House. Meese, 87, served as attorney general during the Reagan administration and has been a member of multiple conservative think tanks, including The Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

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The Medal of Freedom is awarded by the president to citizens who make an “especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Trump has largely bestowed the honor upon athletes and prominent conservatives.

Among the recent recipients are golfer Tiger Woods, baseball player Mariano Rivera, basketball players Bob Cousy and Jerry West, former Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchKey Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock Trump awards Medal of Freedom to racing industry icon Roger Penske Trump holds more Medal of Freedom ceremonies than predecessors but awards fewer medals MORE (R-Utah) and economist Arthur Laffer.