President Trump honors longtime Reagan associate Edwin Meese

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - President Donald Trump awarded one of the nation's highest civilian honors on Tuesday to Edwin Meese, best known for serving as President Ronald Regan's attorney general.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with former Attorney General Edwin Meese after presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Alex Brandon

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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.

The White House said 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.

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