President Trump will award conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US, according to reporters who attended an “off the record lunch.”
“I wish I didn’t have to tell you this, and I thought about not trying to tell anybody, I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing, because I don’t like making things about me,” Limbaugh said Monday during a live broadcast of “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”
“But there are going to be days that I’m not going to be able to be here, because I will be undergoing treatment, or I’m reacting to treatment,” he said.
President Donald Trump told network anchors during a private lunch Tuesday that he will award Rush Limbaugh with the Medal of Freedom, one day after the prominent political radio host announced he has advanced lung cancer.
According to a person familiar with the discussion, Trump informed anchors he will bestow Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the coming months. Limbaugh has been a staunch ally of the President’s for years, and dined with him at his Palm Beach golf club over the holidays. Once, during an event in the Rose Garden, Trump praised Limbaugh as someone who “can speak for three hours without a phone call.”
Rush Limbaugh is a staunch supporter of Trump and the President released a statement Monday wishing him a speedy recovery.
Limbaugh, who has been on the air for 31 years, was also invited to President Trump’s State of the Union Address.