Trump gives Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs awards after impeachment vote

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WASHINGTON — President Trump awarded the National Medal of Arts to country music singers Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs minutes after he was impeached for the second time on Wednesday afternoon, a White House spokesperson confirmed.

Skaggs, 61, is an American country and bluegrass singer who has won the Grammy Award 15 times while Keith, 59, performed at a pre-inauguration celebration for Trump in Washington, DC, in 2016.

The National Medal of Arts, created by Congress in 1984, is the highest honor given to artists and arts in the US.

Wednesday’s honors continue the president’s spree of last-minute awards and pardons as he prepares to leave the White House.

Earlier this month, Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom to GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Devin Nunes of California — two of the president’s most ardent supporters on Capitol Hill.

Jordan was a fierce objector to Wednesday’s impeachment charge accusing Trump of inciting an insurrection at last week’s Capitol siege, accusing Democrats of wanting to “cancel” Trump.

Last month, the president went on a pre-Christmas pardon blitz, excusing former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone, and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

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