The Latest on the Presidential Medal of Freedom (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump has recognized seven “extraordinary Americans” with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It’s the highest honor America gives a civilian.

Recipients include doctor and Republican Party donor Miriam Adelson, wife of Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The Adelsons have donated millions to Trump and the GOP in recent years.

President Donald Trump speaks during a presentation ceremony of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Attending the ceremony are U.S. Supreme Court Justices, back left to right, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Elena Kagan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Donald Trump speaks during a presentation ceremony of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Attending the ceremony are U.S. Supreme Court Justices, back left to right, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Elena Kagan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump also recognized Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. Hatch, one of the longest-serving Republican senators in U.S. history. Hatch is retiring in January after more than 40 years. Trump calls Hatch a “great friend” who “liked me right from the beginning and therefore I like him.”

Retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice Alan Page and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach were also honored.

Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth and Antonin Scalia, the conservative U.S. Supreme Court justice, received posthumous honors.

President Donald Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to football stars Roger Staubach and Alan Page as well as posthumous medals to American legends Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth (Nov. 16)

1:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump speaks during a presentation ceremony of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Attending the ceremony are U.S. Supreme Curt Justices, back left to right, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chief Justice John Roberts. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Donald Trump speaks during a presentation ceremony of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Attending the ceremony are U.S. Supreme Curt Justices, back left to right, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chief Justice John Roberts. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Donald Trump has chosen the wife of powerful Republican donor Sheldon Adelson to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Miriam Adelson is among seven people Trump is recognizing on Friday with the medal, the highest honor America can give a civilian. It’s the first time Trump is presenting these medals.

The other recipients are retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah; Alan Page, who was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court after an NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears; and Roger Staubach, the Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback.

Posthumous honors are being granted to Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth and Antonin Scalia, the conservative Supreme Court justice.

Source: The Associated Press

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