Trump awards Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

Trump awards Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods received the highest United States civilian decoration from President Donald Trump, prompting media and Democrats to brand him a Trump crony and dismiss his accomplishments in sports and life.

U.S. President Donald Trump will bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on golf legend Tiger Woods, the White House announced Thursday.

After Woods' Masters win, Trump tweeted that he would present the golfer with the Medal of Freedom "because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE". Trump had last month revealed that Woods was to receive the honour following his performance at the Masters.

Woods, who has played golf with other former Presidents, has played with Trump multiple times since the President took over office, including earlier this year and in November 2017.

In a short speech after receiving the medal, an emotional Woods thanked his family for their support and described his happiness at his recent wins. Woods also became just the 33rd athlete to receive the medal and joins Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth and Roger Staubach as athletes to receive it recently.

The President has played multiple rounds with Woods, including alongside Jack Nicklaus in February at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida. At a ribbon cutting ceremony in 2014, Woods lavished praise on the future presidential candidate, calling changes he made to the club "phenomenal". Trump also named a villa after him at the Trump National Doral Miami. He went from a washed-up icon who couldn't get out of bed to winning the most important golf tournament in the world and taking home one of the handful of Presidential Medals of Freedom ever handed out. Kyle C. Kopko, a professor at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, claims that Obama's ties to Oprah pale in comparison to Trump and Woods.

Getty Donald Trump poses with Tiger Woods after the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in 2013. "No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office", Woods said at the time, earning the ire of ESPN commentator Max Kellerman. "You have to respect the office", he said.

"We've played golf together and had dinner together". The past 11 years has been extremely hard for Woods. Woods "fought through the bad pain" from his many injuries, and began to reclaim his place, Mr. Trump said.

"Tiger Woods showed great class in the way he answered the question about the Office of the Presidency and me".

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