Orrin Hatch Receives Medal Of Freedom From Trump

Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter

Republican Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch received the medal of freedom from President Donald Trump Friday afternoon, as he is the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate.

At a medal of freedom ceremony at the White House, Hatch, the current Senate pro tempore, received praise from Trump for his work in rewriting the tax code and for helping “hard-working Americans get through life.” Trump also brought up Hatch’s work “reshaping” federal courts as well as protecting religious freedom, according to Deseret News.

Hatch announced in January 2018 he was retiring, after serving four decades in the Senate. (RELATED: Hatch Announces His Retirement After Four Decades In The Senate)

U.S. President Donald Trump hugs Sen. Orrin Hatch after he presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during an East Room ceremony November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sen. Orrin Hatch during an East Room ceremony November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sen. Orrin Hatch during an East Room ceremony November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sen. Orrin Hatch during an East Room ceremony November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

There were six other people who received the medal of freedom in Friday’s ceremony, including former Minnesota Supreme Court judge and NFL star Alan Page, Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterbackRoger Staubach, American singer and actor Elvis Presley, departed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former MLB star Babe Ruth and American philanthropist Miriam Adelson.

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