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SOTU: Rush Limbaugh awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by president, Melania Trump

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UsatodayConservative radio host Rush Limbaugh received the highest civilian honor one day after revealing his “advanced lung cancer” diagnosis. 

During the State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Limbaugh, his longtime friend.

“Almost every American family knows the pain when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness,” Trump said during his speech. “Here tonight is a special man, someone beloved by millions of Americans, who just received a stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet.”

Trump added, “Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.”

The longtime conservative commentator and radio host announced on his show Monday that he’s undergoing treatment for advanced lung cancer after receiving a diagnosis from two medical institutions in January.

On Tuesday, which doubles as World Cancer Day, Limbaugh attended the State of the Union as one of Trump’s “special guests” and sat in the House gallery next to first lady Melania Trump, who ultimately presented him with the Medal of Freedom in the president’s stead.

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