This week, President Donald J. Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Edwin Meese III.  This prestigious award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which may be awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Edwin Meese III has long been a thought leader and strong conservative voice on matters of law and policy.  As Counselor to President Ronald Reagan, Mr. Meese helped to craft a foreign policy strong enough to end the Cold War and played a pivotal role in securing historic tax cuts.  As Attorney General, he promoted Federalism and the original public understanding of our Constitution.  Since leaving public service, Edwin Meese has continued to champion our Nation’s founding principles through his extensive work at The Heritage Foundation.