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USA: Trump gives Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese

United States, Washington DC
October 09, 2019 at 03:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the country's highest civilian honours, to former Attorney General Edwin Meese in Washington DC on Tuesday.

"Ed was among President Reagan's closest advisers as the administration implemented tax cuts, a dramatic defence build-up and a relentless campaign to defeat communism," said Trump.

An American attorney, law professor, and author, Meese served as former US President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff when Reagan was governor of California; as his chief policy adviser, when he was elected President; and was finally nominated Attorney General in 1984.

Meese was known for his anti-drug policies and initiatives.

"Between 1982 and 1992 to drug use by young adults plummeted by 50 % nationwide. Would you like to make a comeback? That's a pretty good -- we've got it down to 18%. But I like 50% better," said Trump.

Accompanied by his wife, Meese received the medal in a ceremony at the White House, also attended by Vice-President Mike Pence and current General Attorney William Barr.

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US President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the country's highest civilian honours, to former Attorney General Edwin Meese in Washington DC on Tuesday.

"Ed was among President Reagan's closest advisers as the administration implemented tax cuts, a dramatic defence build-up and a relentless campaign to defeat communism," said Trump.

An American attorney, law professor, and author, Meese served as former US President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff when Reagan was governor of California; as his chief policy adviser, when he was elected President; and was finally nominated Attorney General in 1984.

Meese was known for his anti-drug policies and initiatives.

"Between 1982 and 1992 to drug use by young adults plummeted by 50 % nationwide. Would you like to make a comeback? That's a pretty good -- we've got it down to 18%. But I like 50% better," said Trump.

Accompanied by his wife, Meese received the medal in a ceremony at the White House, also attended by Vice-President Mike Pence and current General Attorney William Barr.

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