Radio host State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Limbaugh was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the
"Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country. Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom," President Trump said.
Limbaugh gasped and teared up when President Trump made the announcement. First lady Melania Trump then presented Limbaugh with the honor as they stood in the visitors' gallery.
Limbaugh hosts a popular conservative radio show who has often been criticized for promoting conspiracy theories such as "birtherism," the theory that President Obama was not born in the U.S.
First published on February 4, 2020 / 10:29 PM
© 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.