Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President Donald Trumps State of the Union address.
Limbaugh told his audience this week that he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and would be forced to miss work.
“He is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet,” Trump said on Tuesday night in reference to the cancer diagnosis in a move that received applause from the mainly GOP members in the Capitol building. Limbaugh, who was seated in a wheelchair, then rose from his seat before First Lady Melania Trump presented him with the medal.
Trump presented the medal to Limbaugh, 69, “… in recognition for all that you have done for our nation … to millions of people a day, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity.”
Earlier this week, Limbaugh said on the air: “This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because Ive known this moment was coming.”
He added: “Im sure that you all know by now that I really dont like talking about myself, and I dont like making things about me. … One thing that I know that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me. So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didnt have to tell you. Its a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today.”
According to Limbaugh, he started experiencing shortness of breath on Jan. 12 before doctors diagnosed him.