Feb 5, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump presents Rush Limbaugh with Medal of Freedom at State of the Union

President Trump gave talk show host Rush Limbaugh a Presidential Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union on Tuesday, just hours after it was announced that he'd be a recipient.

Driving the news: Limbaugh announced this week that he's been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. He's been one of the most influential conservative media figures over the last three decades and often featured high-power guests, including Trump, on his show.

What they're saying: Trump introduced Limbaugh by stating:

"Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.  And Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you 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."

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Trump says he wants to award Rush Limbaugh with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Trump and Limbaugh at a Missouri rally in 2018. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump plans to award conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom "as soon as next week," Politico reports.

Driving the news: Limbaugh, 69, announced on air Monday that he's been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and is seeking treatment. As one of the country's most influential conservative radio hosts over the past two decades, he has featured Trump on his show several times.

Biden on Limbaugh Medal of Freedom: He doesn't understand American decency

Former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Joe Biden reacted at a CNN town hall on Wednesday evening about talk show host Rush Limbaugh receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom at Tuesday's State of the Union, stating: "I don't think he understands the American code of decency and honor."

Why it matters: Biden received a Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor — from President Obama in 2017. Limbaugh accepted the award Tuesday, just one day after he announced he'd been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and will be seeking treatment.

Rush Limbaugh diagnosed with advanced lung cancer

Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, 69, announced on air Monday that he's been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and that he may miss upcoming episodes of his show while seeking treatment.

Why it matters: Limbaugh has been one of the most high-profile conservative media personalities in the country over the past three decades. His show has often featured influential guests, including President Trump.