President Donald Trump on Tuesday awarded one of the nations highest civilian honors to Edwin Meese, best known for serving as President Ronald Reagans attorney general.
Meese, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, had a longstanding connection to Reagan that included serving as his chief of staff when Reagan was Californias governor. After Reagan became president, Meese served as his chief policy adviser before going on to serve as the nations 75th attorney general.
“He was a star,” Trump said. “Ed was among President Reagans closest advisers as the administration implemented tax cuts, a dramatic defense buildup and a relentless campaign to defeat communism.”
Meese was an early Trump critic who ended up supporting him and helping lead his transition team. Surrounded by family and friends in the Oval Office, the 87-year-old recalled some 30 years of working with Reagan at the state and national level and in his retirement.
“Ronald Reagan was a pivotal part of my life and I am always grateful to him,” Meese said.
Meese stayed active in conservative circles following his time in the Reagan administration as an author, speaker and fellow at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation.
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