WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday bestowed the nation’s highest civilian honor on Sen. Orrin Hatch, gushing about the Utah Republican’s contributions to America during his 42 years in office, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday.
Trump gave Hatch the Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony, calling him a “great friend of mine.”
“He liked me right from the beginning and therefore I like him,” Trump said, going off script as the audience laughed. “That’s the way it is. I’m not supposed to say it, but that’s the way life goes.”