The awards were presented by Trump during a closed press ceremony, The White House press office confirmed Thursday.
A representative for Keith told Fox News, “I do not have a comment at this time.” A representative for Skaggs told Fox News, “There will be no official statement other than what the White House services out.”
In the press release, the White House said Keith was selected “for making extraordinary contributions to American music. Rising from humble beginnings in the oil fields of Oklahoma, Toby Keith has become one of the preeminent songwriters of his generation.”
Skaggs was honored, 发布说, “for his contributions to the American music industry.”
“A virtuoso of the mandolin and fiddle, Ricky Skaggs creates and produces bluegrass music that preserves the musical legacy of the most talented artists of his generation.”
与此同时, when news broke of the event, Twitter users weren’t happy.
“Good to know. Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs are now off my play list [原文如此]. The fact that they accepted this means they also accepted 1/6. They can just go sing to themselves in their showers,” said a user, referring to the Capitol riots that took place on Jan. 6.
“While we were busy impeaching Trump yesterday two country artists Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs thought it was worthwhile to receive presidential medals from him. I would be ashamed to,” 写 另一个.
“If I were Ricky Skaggs and Toby Keith I would not accept the medals,” 说过 其他人.
“Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs have shamed themselves for all time! They are now a blight on Country Music!” echoed 另一个.
The House voted 232-197 至 impeach the president 对于 “incitement of insurrection” after a mob of his supporters besieged the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed attempt to stop the certification of President-elect 乔·拜登‘s Electoral College win.
Ten Republicans joined with Democrats.
Trump is the only U.S. president to be twice impeached. He was first impeached by the House in 2019 over his dealings with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 to acquit.
福克斯新闻’ Marisa Schultz and The Associated Press contributed to this report