Radio host Rush Limbaugh awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump

Radio personality Rush Limbaugh reacts after First Lady Melania Trump gives him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump delivers his third State of the Union to the nation the night before the U.S. Senate is set to vote in his impeachment trial. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Posted at 6:25 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 06:55:10-05

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

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President Donald Trump presented the award during the State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

Limbaugh, 69, is a staunch Trump supporter. He announced Monday he is battling advanced lung cancer.

A bearded Limbaugh, seated next to first lady Melania Trump, looked stunned as the president announced the award. He eventually stood and saluted Trump and offered a thumbs-up to Republicans in the House chamber.