Elvis Presley to get US Presidential Medal of Freedom

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington

Posthumous honors were granted to Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth and Antonin Scalia.

After asking the Adelson family to stand, he said, "They were very happy to see the embassy move to Jerusalem".

"Orrin Hatch ... he liked me right from the beginning, so I like him", the President joked, drawing laughs.

Watch above, via Fox News.

Trump said that playing music was his idea but when the richly toned performance stopped after just a few seconds, the disappointed president complained that staff organizing the event "have no promotional ability".

Orrin Hatch of Utah, one of the longest-serving senators in US history; Alan Page, who was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court after an National Football League career with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears; and Roger Staubach, the Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback. "There he is. You didn't make the front row, he's probably angry".

Over the years, it raised more than $15 million granting college scholarships to more than 7,000 students of color.

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'Universally admired for his towering intellect, brilliant wit and fierce devotion to our founding principles, Justice Scalia has made a deep and lasting impact on the history of our nation, ' Trump said at the ceremony.

Scalia famously ruled against women's access to birth control, and he obviously practiced what he preached, because he and his wife had nine children-their own mini Supreme Court.

Justice Scalia was an outspoken opponent of abortion, affirmative action and what he termed the 'so-called homosexual agenda, ' The Washington Post reported at the time of his death.

The nomination of Mrs Adelson, wife of billionaire casino magnate and Republican party donor Sheldon Adelson, drew some criticism.

The other recipients are retiring Republican Sen.

Presley's velvety voice filled the White House briefly on Friday when a recording of one his songs was played at a ceremony hosted by the president to honour the king of rock 'n roll.

In a White House room where Presidents honor heroes, a Minnesota legend and NFL Hall-of-Famer is enshrined into the nation's exclusive club of citizenship. 'I will tell you he was something special.

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