WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Limbaugh, 69, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, announced Monday he is battling advanced lung cancer.
Trump said the diagnosis was not good news, but added, "What is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet.''
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.
Melania Trump presented the award to Limbaugh, placing the blue-ribboned gold medal arou