PRESIDENT Donald Trump awarded wrestler Dan Gable the Medal of Freedom and looked on as his naughty but charming grandchildren stole the spotlight in the Oval Office on Monday.
Gable’s 13 grandchildren accompanied him for his Medal of Freedom ceremony and were nothing short of an animated bunch.
One grandchild swung back and forth in the background as Trump hung the medal around Gable, 72, who represented the US in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
Gable’s grandson Sammy, 6, leaned on the Resolute Desk and bent over nearly backwards.
Another grandson stared at the document pronouncing Gable as a Medal of Freedom recipient—containing Trump’s signature—with a bored facial expression.
Other grandchildren lay or sit on the Oval Office floor during Trump and Gable’s remarks.
One on Gable’s son-in-laws juggled three of the youngsters at one point of the ceremony that was intended to be serious.
Also joining Gable on Monday afternoon were his wife Kathy, daughters Annie, Jenni, Mackenzie and Molly, and his son-in-laws, all who were more well-behaved than the energetic grandchildren.
Trump at the start of the ceremony thanked Gable’s “wonderful wife Kathy and their incredible and large family.”
“Thank you very much, it’s a great honor for us,” the president said.
Gable won every one of his six matches in the Olympics and did not give up a single point.
Meanwhile, Trump, who has still not conceded to President-elect Joe Biden, touted his 2-0 election record and said the 2020 election was “rigged” and contained “fraud.”
Gable, when asked if he thought Trump could take him on in wrestling, replied: “No chance.”
Known as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Gable said the sport “isn’t for everyone but it should be” and encouraged women to partake as well.
The Medal of Freedom is awarded to “individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to the White House.
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