Limbaugh has 'built a radio empire on spreading hate': Internet pounds Trump for host's Medal of Freedom award
Ruch Limbaugh speaks to Fox News (screen grab)

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters at a pre-State of the Union ceremony that he would award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who on Monday revealed to listeners that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

Trump's decision sparked immediate controversy on social media, with some commenters acknowledging the seriousness of Limbaugh's condition but criticizing Trump's rationale for awarding the high distinction on him: