WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will award one of the nation’s highest civilian honors Tuesday to Edwin Meese, best known for serving as President Ronald Regan’s attorney general.
Meese had a longstanding connection to Reagan that included serving as his chief of staff when Reagan was California’s governor. When Reagan became president, Meese served as his chief policy adviser before going on to serve as the nation’s 75th attorney general.
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He will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House says Meese played a pivotal role in securing historic tax cuts and crafting a foreign policy that eventually led to the end of the Cold War.
Meese was an early Trump critic who ended up supporting him and helping lead his transition team.