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Biden announces Denzel Washington, Steve Jobs, Simone Biles, John McCain and other Freedom Medals

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President Bidenannounced 17 people who were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday. 

The Freedom Medal is the highest citizen award in the United States and is awarded to individuals who have made great strides in philanthropy, science, politics, art and other efforts. The White Houseshared the lineup of both pre- and post-mortem winners in an official press release.

Notable names among the winners include Republican Senator John McCain, technology entrepreneur Steve Jobs, former MP Gabby Gifors, and Gold Star's father Hizul Khan.

"President Biden has long said that America can be defined in one word: possibilities. These 17 Americans show the power of possibilities, the soul of the country. It embodies diligence, patience, and faith, "said the White House release. 

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President Biden delivers the commencement address during the graduation and commissioning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy Memorial Stadium May 27, 2022, in Annapolis, Md. 

President Biden announced on May 27, 2022. Opening remarks at the graduation and commissioning ceremonies at the US Navy School Memorial Stadium. , Annapolis, Maryland  (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

"To achieve impressive achievements in art and science. Overcome significant obstacles to the dedication of their lives to defending the most vulnerable of us, acting with courage, driving change in their communities and around the world, and then: It paved the way for generations. "

A complete list of recipients:Simone Byles, Simon Campbell Sisters, Julieta Garcia, Gabriel Gifors, Fred Gray, Steve Jobs, Father. Alexander Khantos, Khizr Khan, Sandra Lindsay, John McCain, Diane Nash, Megan Rapinoe, Alan Simpson, Richard Tolmka, Wilma Vot, Denzel Washington, Raul Isagire.

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"Presidential Medal of Freedomis the highest civilian in the United States to be given to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to US prosperity, values, security, world peace, or other important social, public, or private efforts. It's an honor, "House explained.

(L-R, top): U.S. gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington, former Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe. (L-R bottom): Gold Star father Khizr Khan, Apple CEO Steve Jobs. U.S. Republican Sen. from Arizona John McCain and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

(L-R, top): American gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington, former Democratic Rep. Gabby Gifors, and US soccer player Megan Rapinoe. (From left to right): Gold Star's father, Khizr Khan, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. US Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona and President Richard Trumka of AFL-CIO. (Valerie Macon, Angela Weiss, Mandel Ngan, Saul Loeb, Ryan Anson, Nicholas Kamm / AFP, via Getty Images)

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Former President Donald Trump frequently wins medals Gives freedom to awarding athletes, coaches and other high-level sportsmen.

Trump awarded Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedomat the White House Rose Garden, calling champion golfers "a global symbol of American excellence, dedication, and motivation." called.

He also praised three-time Olympic athlete Jim Ryan, a former Republican in Kansas, and called him a "legendary runner" and a "true American patriot."