BEDMINSTER, N.J. – During an extravagant ceremony at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club and resort on Sunday, President Donald J. Trump bestowed upon himself the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, for doing what he referred to as “a tremendous job” since taking office on January 20, 2017.
“This is long overdue, folks. Long overdue,” President Trump declared as he proudly draped the gold medal around his neck. “I will tell you – and I’ve said this many times – I inherited a mess,” he admitted, continuing, “And many people have told me this but I think I’ve really done a tremendous job – quite possibly the best job of any president in the history of this country.”
President Trump, who is in Bedminster for an eleven-day working vacation, took a much-needed break from the golf course to reflect on his “innumerable” accomplishments as Commander-in-Chief. “We’ve solved the Flint water crisis but they wont tell you that,” Trump told an elegant ballroom packed full of enthusiastic supporters, club members, and his immediate family. “The people of Flint – they’re drinking clean water and believe me folks, they’re loving it. They love that water.”
Following a three-minute standing ovation, President Trump went on to tout his progress on the U.S. economy, saying, “We’ve broken a lot of records in terms of jobs. African-American unemployment is the lowest its been since before the Civil War. And the Hispanics – the ones who are here legally – are working harder than anyone ever thought possible.” Trump also congratulated himself for “single-handedly” disarming the Korean peninsula. “We’re working very hard to get North Korea a seat at the UN Security Council,” the president said, adding, “This is something they’ve wanted for a very long time and quite frankly I think they deserve to be there.”
Donald Trump is the first sitting president in U.S. history to receive the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom as well as the first president in U.S. history to bestow the honor upon himself. Past recipients include Muhammad Ali in 2005; Stephen Hawking in 2009; and Bill Gates in 2016.