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Trump to honour Elvis Presley with medal

By AAP Newswire

Donald Trump has selected Elvis Presley as one of seven recipients of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, to be awarded at a White House ceremony.

The award is the nation's highest civilian honour, awarded to "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

Typically the honorees include a mixture of living and posthumous honorees. This will be Trump's first Medal of Freedom ceremony since taking office.

The White House, in announcing Presley, noted that he "defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Elvis fused gospel, country, and rhythm and blues to create a sound all his own, selling more than a billion records. Elvis also served nearly two years in the United States Army, humbly accepting the call to serve despite his fame."

Other honorees include Miriam Adelson, a doctor and philanthropist, who "has practiced internal and emergency medicine, studied and specialised in the disease of narcotic addiction, and founded two research centres committed to fighting substance abuse," according to the White House. She is the wife of Republican super donor Sheldon Adelson.

Also being honoured: Orrin Hatch, who has represented Utah in the Senate for 41 years; Alan Page, a former professional football player who is a judge on the Minnesota Supreme Court; baseball legend Babe Ruth; Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; and Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach.