Trump awards top civilian honour to Elvis Presley

New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth stands in its place in the

The recipients also include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.

Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Republican Orrin Hatch is retiring from the U.S. Senate after representing Utah for more than 41 years.

"Adelson is a committed doctor, philanthropist, and humanitarian", the White house announcement said. She has practiced internal and emergency medicine, studied and specialized in the disease of narcotic addiction, and founded two research centers committed to fighting substance abuse.

He has since been a major driver of Trump administration middle-eastern policy, including the switch of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem earlier this year, the abandonment of the Iran deal and the installation of the hawkish John Bolton as Trump's third national security adviser.

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The White House chose Miriam and Sheldon Adelson (pictured together) due to their support of Jewish schools, Holocaust memorial organizations and Israeli military personnel.

Also receiving the award are Roger Staubach, a Vietnam War vet and legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback known as "Captain America" during his 11 Hall-of-Fame seasons; and Alan Page, a retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice and former football star at Notre Dame.

The White House praised Hatch, one of the longest-serving senators in US history, as a champion of "religious liberty" who "fought against communism, and stood on the side of freedom around the world". President Barack Obama awarded a record 123 medals, including to two Supreme Court justices, numerous athletes, and recording artists like Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder.

President Donald Trump will award the nation's highest civilian honor to an eclectic group including living political allies and long-dead American icons. Scalia, who died in 2016, was lauded as "a champion of the Constitution". After a successful college football career at the University of Notre Dame, he played 15 years in the National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. In 1988, he started the Page Education Foundation, which went on to provide scholarships to almost 7,000 students.

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