'The Whole Nation Is Indebted to Him': Trump Honors Late Justice Scalia With Medal of Freedom
'One of the greatest jurists ever to serve our country.'
President Donald Trump on Friday honored late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and six other people with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Trump said Scalia -- who was nominated by former President Ronald Reagan and served on the high court for three decades before he passed away in 2016 -- was "one of the greatest jurists ever to serve our country."
He said the Trenton, N.J. native was "universally admired for his towering intellect, brilliant wit and fierce devotion to our founding principles."
Trump said Scalia transformed the American "legal landscape" and credited him with preserving the originalist view of the Constitution.
"This whole nation is indebted to Antonin Scalia," he said.
Trump noted that Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, Alito and Gorsuch -- the latter of whom replaced Scalia on the bench -- were present at the ceremony.
Trump also bestowed the honor on six other individuals -- the late Elvis Presley, former Dallas Cowboys star Roger Staubach, baseball hall of famer George "Babe" Ruth, former Minnesota Vikings player and State Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Miriam Adelson, the physician and philanthropist wife of casino magnate and top GOP donor Sheldon Adelson.
Watch the president's remarks about Scalia above.