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Exclusive: White House Planning Surprise Event for NEW Presidential Medal of Arts and Humanities Winners on March 20th — Second in Six Months


EXCLUSIVE It was only last November that Donald Trump handed out Medals of Arts and Humanities to an eclectic crowd that included his movie star pal Jon Voight, musician Allison Krauss, and ad man turned thriller writer James Patterson.

Now, less than six months later, Trump is going to hand out more awards on March 20th. Invitations have gone out for a 2pm ceremony at the White House on March 20th. It’s unclear who the recipients will be this time.

All I know is that everyone has been sworn to secrecy.

Just recently, Trump plopped an award on radio host Rush Limbaugh, purveyor of hate, because he announced he had Stage 4 lung cancer.

Trump has already given awards to many of his financial backers including the wife of Republican fundraiser Sheldon Adelson.

There aren’t many people in the arts who will accept an award from Trump, who doesn’t come to the Kennedy Center Honors because he’s boycotted by most of the recipients. There are joke candidates like Ted Nugent and Scott Baio. D List actor Antonio Sabato Jr. just announced he can’t get work because he’s a Trump supporter. But I’m told we’ll see actor Gary Sinise, an arch conservative and an Oscar nominee from “Forest Gump.” Whoever gets it, they will be unqualified, that’s for sure. Should be interesting!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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