Just one day after radio talk show legend Rush Limbaugh announced he faces advanced lung cancer and will have to miss some of his future shows as he undergoes treatment, President Donald Trump told reporters at a Tuesday luncheon that he plans on awarding the radio host with the coveted Medal of Freedom.
According to CNN, Trump plans on presenting Limbaugh with the honor within the coming months, according to a report from a person familiar with conversation from the luncheon.
Limbaugh has been one of the president’s most popular and most vocal media allies, especially as the Democrat-led impeachment process began last year.
The radio star broke the news to his audience on Monday, leaving millions of fans across the nation in shock, moving them to offer prayers for Limbaugh in the hopes of a speedy recovery from the dangerous condition.
“I wish I didn’t have to tell you this, and I thought about not trying to tell anybody, I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing, because I don’t like making things about me,” Limbaugh said Monday during his show. But “there are going to be days that I’m not going to be able to be here, because I will be undergoing treatment, or I’m reacting to treatment.”
Shortly after news broke of Limbaugh’s condition, the president reacted to the news, offering the talk show host — and personal friend — well wishes as he fights a battle with advanced cancer.
“Many people do not know what a great guy & fantastic political talent the great Rush Limbaugh is. There is nobody like him. Looking for a speedy recovery for our friend!,” the president tweeted on Monday.
The 69-year-old conservative radio talk show host has been on the airwaves for 31 years, garnering millions of dedicated followers and fans along the way.
In 2019, Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to seven recipients. Limbaugh will be 2020’s first recipient of the honor.