Trump asked Rush Limbaugh to hold off on cancer treatment to get his Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union
President Donald Trump asked conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh to hold off on his cancer treatment...President Donald Trump asked conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh to hold off on his cancer treatment so he could attend his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Trump asked Limbaugh to do "half" of his cancer treatment in order to make the SOTU on time. Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the SOTU. On Monday, he announced he was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer, and he expected to receive treatment the following day during the address. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said President Donald Trump asked him to postpone his "serious" cancer treatment so he could attend the president's State of the Union address. Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the SOTU on Tuesday, one day after Limbaugh announced he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The political commentator said on his radio show he was going to start his treatment Tuesday evening until he received a call from the president saying to show up in Washington as his personal guest at the SOTU. After telling the president he had a "serious medical procedure" scheduled for later that day, Trump said he wanted to call Limbaugh's doctor and "have him delay it for a couple days ''cause I need you down here tonight.'" "'Look, your health comes first; there's no question,'" Trump said, citing the transcript of Limbaugh's show. "'But can't they just do half of what they're gonna do and then send you down here? Believe me, you don't want to miss this. It's gonna be great. It's gonna be great. You don't want to miss this.'" The commentator said he tried to push back on Trump's invitation, but Limbaugh said "the fact was that this is what he wanted, but not for him, you see? It was for me, and he wasn't going to let me talk myself out of it." While Limbaugh knew he was receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he said he thought he would meet with the president in private and would not be honored at the address on Tuesday. He eventually made it to the address and showed expressions of surprise upon receiving the medal, which was put on him by First Lady Melania Trump. Limbaugh was a controversial awardee of the presidential medal, given his track record of sexist and racist comments he had said on his radio show over the years. Read more: Trump awards controversial talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has advanced lung cancer, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at SOTU Rush Limbaugh announces he's been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer 'It's awesome that he's dying': A Milwaukee teacher was suspended following his tweets about Rush Limbaugh's cancer SEE ALSO: VIDEO: Trump just gave Rush Limbaugh the country's highest civilian honor. Here are some of the racist, misogynist, and all-around awful things he's said. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
One of the most highly-decorated retired US Army generals likened Republicans and Democrats to a 'Trump cult' and a 'clown car'
Retired four-star US Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, one of the most highly-decorated officers in the nation,...Retired four-star US Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, one of the most highly-decorated officers in the nation, signaled his dismay at the polarizing political climate of the country. "Our two political parties are broken," McCaffrey said in a tweet, calling the Republican Party "a Trump cult" for what he saw as failing to hold Trump accountable via impeachment. McCaffrey also took issue with Democrats, whom he likened to a "clown car that cannot bring together a fractious America with a sensible message." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the most highly-decorated retired US Army officers signaled his dismay at the polarizing political climate of the country, as President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. "Our two political parties are broken," retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey said in a tweet. He called the Republican Party "a Trump cult" for what he saw as its failure to hold Trump accountable in his impeachment trial. On Wednesday afternoon, Trump was acquitted on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power in relation to his controversial contacts with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his rejection of congressional subpoenas. Trump's 78-minute speech to the joint session of Congress on Tuesday was met with protests from Democratic lawmakers on several occasions. The most striking was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's dramatic act of ripping up his speech towards the end. McCaffrey also took issue with Democrats, whom he likened to a "clown car that cannot bring together a fractious America with a sensible message of what a united America looks like." His comment comes as presidential hopefuls campaign in the Democratic primaries, which were supposed to have kicked off in the Iowa caucuses on Monday. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Iowa Democratic Party had released only partial results from the caucuses due to a glitchy app used by officials to record votes. McCaffrey was awarded three Purple Heart medals, two Distinguished Service Crosses, and two Silver Stars during his 32-year military career. The former infantry officer served multiple combat tours with the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam War and commanded the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm. McCaffrey later went on to serve as the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for President Bill Clinton's administration. McCaffrey has been highly critical of the Trump administration in the past. He described Trump's surprise visit to US troops in Iraq in 2018, the first in his presidency, as "embarrassing" and "entirely inappropriate." During his trip, Trump signed pieces of campaign memorabilia for the troops, including hats emblazoned with the "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan — an act which McCaffrey suggested was politicizing the non-partisan stance of the US military.SEE ALSO: 'He will have taken a step to dishonor our armed forces': One of the most highly-decorated retired US Army generals warns Trump against pardoning war criminals Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We can thank the US military for the smelliest weapon in the world
Trump delivered an 80-minute State of the Union address, taking a victory lap on his claimed accomplishments without mentioning impeachment once
President Donald Trump delivered his third annual State of the Union address on Tuesday. His national...President Donald Trump delivered his third annual State of the Union address on Tuesday. His national address comes less than two months after the House charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress and a day before the Senate is set to end his impeachment trial with an acquittal. The president defended his record and celebrated what he perceives as his achievements, particularly the state of the economy, in a speech designed to layout his path to reelection. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump delivered his third annual State of the Union address at on Tuesday, less than two months after the House charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress and a day before the Senate is set to end his impeachment trial with an acquittal. The president defended his record and celebrated what he perceives as his achievements, particularly the state of the economy. In a meeting with news network anchors on Tuesday, Trump said his fourth address to a joint session of Congress would be "low key." The president touted a "great American comeback," three years after decrying American carnage in his inauguration speech. "In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American Decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America's destiny," Trump is planning to say. "We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never going back!" Trump has been boosted by strong poll numbers in recent days. A Gallup poll released Tuesday found Trump reached his highest approval ratings of his presidency amid the ongoing Senate impeachment trial. Two Democrats delivered the party's official response following Trump's address. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer focused her speech on the economy and Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar, who delivered her address in Spanish, highlighted the president's anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric. "It doesn't matter what the president says about the stock market," Whitmer said in her prepared speech, the New York Times reported. "What matters is that millions of people struggle to get by or don't have enough money at the end of the month after paying for transportation, student loans or prescription drugs." Follow along below for live coverage: SEE ALSO: Trump baselessly claims Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will run against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and 'kick his ass' Women members of the House and Senate wear white to the State of the Union Democratic women from the House and Senate are wearing white to Trump's State of the Union address as a nod to the suffragette movement. Trump snubs Pelosi by denying her a handshake Pelosi reached out to shake the president's hand, and Trump snubbed her by turning away without a greeting. The House Speaker looked somewhat surprised and bemused as he walked away to begin his address. Trump touts the economy Trump spent the first several minutes of his speech boasting about the US economy. "In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America's destiny," Trump said. "We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago and we are never going back." Trump exaggerates his military investments, claiming "out military is completely rebuilt" Trump claimed his administration has "completely rebuilt" the military. The statement is an exaggeration – the US military still has outdated equipment that needs to be replaced, according to The New York Times. Trump also said his administration has "invested a record-breaking $2.2 trillion in the United States Military." The figure is closer to $2.1 trillion and former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush both spent more on the military between 2007 and 2012 than Trump has. Trump awards conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump invited conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, an outspoken supporter of his, as his guest to the address, just a day after Limbaugh announced he'd been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The president announced earlier on Tuesday that he would award Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom. First lady Melania Trump bestowed the award on the radio host during Trump's address. Limbaugh has a long history of making racist comments, among other controversial statements. Trump celebrates his killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian general Qassem Soleimani Trump spoke about his recent assassinations of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The president honored Carl and Marsha Mueller, whose daughter Kayla was held hostage murdered by al-Baghdadi. He also honored Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Hake, who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb, which Trump said was planted by Soleimani's forces. Trump stages reunion of military family Trump invited Amy Williams, whose husband, Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams, was deployed to Afghanistan. He surprised Amy by bring her husband home — and to the address — on Tuesday. "Amy's kids have not seen their father's face in many months. Amy, your family's sacrifice makes it possible for all of our families to live in safety and peace — we thank you," Trump said. Nancy Pelosi rips up a copy of Trump's State of the Union At the end of Trump's address, Pelosi ripped up a printed copy of his speech and tossed it aside as the president left the lectern to applause from the rest of the chamber. The stunning gesture of rebuke from Pelosi came after Trump appeared to snub the House Speaker when she attempted to shake his hand before his speech. As she exhibited the chamber on Tuesday, Pelosi told reporters that she ripped up the speech because "it was the the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives."
Democratic women are wearing white to Trump's State of the Union address as a shoutout to the women's suffrage movement
Dozens of women lawmakers wore white to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on...Dozens of women lawmakers wore white to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday. The move is both a nod to the suffragette movement as well as a show of solidarity among Democratic women. Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib wore traditional white outfits honoring their cultural heritage. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Democratic women from the House and Senate are wearing white to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address as a nod to the suffragette movement. The move is both to honor the movement, which paved the way for women to vote, as well as a show of solidarity among the Democratic women in Congress. We’re ready in our suffragette white for tonight’s State of the Union. #WomenUnited pic.twitter.com/prl9Gz1Nqs — Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) February 4, 2020 The Democratic Women's Caucus organized the effort, which included several notable representatives including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib who wore traditional outfits honoring their heritage. Yes sis, our presence is resistance 💪🏽 I am wearing my Ayeeyo’s Cambuur garbeed and bringing the Arawelo spirit to the people’s house. #firsts #RepresentationMatters #SOTU https://t.co/xOkZRB432y pic.twitter.com/a7GHiEo1uY — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 5, 2020 Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan wrote that her decision to wear white was a call for equal rights. Today, I #WearWhite with @HouseDemWomen because women have been at the forefront of the fight for equal pay, affordable health care, repro freedom & safety from violence and discrimination. We demand equality because women’s rights are human rights! #WomenUnited pic.twitter.com/xTX6P3HV47 — Brenda Lawrence (@RepLawrence) February 4, 2020 "Women have been at the forefront of the fight for equal pay, affordable health care, repro freedom & safety from violence and discrimination," Lawrence wrote. "We demand equality because women's rights are human rights!" The lawmakers also wore white to honor the 100th anniversary of the ratification of 19th amendment, which allowed women to vote. Why are we wearing Suffragette white to the #SOTU? 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave some women the right to vote. That was just the beginning though. Our rights are still not guaranteed in the Constitution. That's why we need the #ERANow! pic.twitter.com/b8J5Geh4T8 — Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) February 5, 2020 Rockin our all-white outfits at #SOTU for two reasons: ☝️Honoring the 20th Century Suffragettes who coined the all white look.✌️Reminding you that you can’t ignore the force that is women in Congress. pic.twitter.com/StKM2JcsjS — Rep. Susie Lee (@RepSusieLee) February 5, 2020 Many women Democratic lawmakers — and at least one Republican — also wore white during last year's event.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the network