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Trump critics drag Tiger Woods over Medal of Freedom

Trump critics drag Tiger Woods over Medal of Freedom
Golfer Tiger Woods received the highest US civilian decoration from President Donald Trump, prompting media and Democrats to brand him a Trump crony and dismiss his accomplishments in sports and life.

At the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, Trump called Woods a “global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive,” an extraordinary golfer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Anyone associated with the president in any way becomes a target for Trump’s critics, however – including the legendary golfer.

Woods, now 43, became the first golfer of African-American or Asian heritage to win a Major when he claimed victory at the Masters in 1997. 

He has also won a ‘Career Grand Slam’ of all four Majors, at one stage holding the US Open, British Open, PGA Championship, and Masters titles simultaneously.

He hit a rough patch for several years due to personal trouble and injury, but came back to win the Masters last month, prompting Trump to announce he would honor him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Some in the mainstream media, which has spent years accusing Trump of corruption, being an agent of the Kremlin, or both, now insinuated that some kind of money-making scheme was behind the president’s decision to decorate Woods.

Trump is an avid golfer and owns some 17 golf resorts in the US and abroad. He has also bestowed the Medal of Freedom on three other athletes so far: football players Roger Staubach and Alan Page, and baseball legend Babe Ruth.

Woods is the fourth golfer ever to be decorated with the medal, after Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Charles Sifford, the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour. Nicklaus tweeted in support of Woods, as did the PGA.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian decoration handed out by the executive branch, and recognizes people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

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