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Elvis Presley and the Medal of Freedom: How would the King have felt about this honour from Trump?

Elvis Presley was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday, 41 years after his death.While it may come as a surprise that no president included the King on his list of honorees until today, Donald Trump was the one to finally extend the distinction – the highest civilian honour – to the cultural icon.So just how honoured would Presley have felt to receive the medal from Trump – as opposed to, for instance, his predecessor Barack Obama , who gave it to Diana Ross and Bob Dylan , among others; George W Bush , who awarded it to Aretha Franklin and B B King ; or Ronald Reagan , whose picks included Frank Sinatra and Pearl Bailey?The Heartbreak Hotel singer, who would be 83 years old today, was relatively discreet with his political opinions, once describing himself as an "entertainer" above all.But some of Presley's actions – such as his 1970 visit with Republican President Richard Nixon, which he initiated – suggest he leaned towards the right.During a 1972 interview at Madison Square Garden, a reporter asked the musician, who was drafted in 1957 and served in the US Army from 1958 to 1960: "Mr Presley, as you've mentioned your time in the service, what is your opinion of war protesters and would you today refuse to be drafted?"Presley responded: "Honey, I'd just sooner keep my own personal views about that to myself, 'cause I'm just an entertainer and I'd rather not say."