Obama was quick to praise, and slow to criticize, which is why he has given out more of these medals than anyone.
Since he is slow to praise, and quick to criticize, he has given out a grand total of nine medals since his inauguration, including the one given to Rush Limbaugh last week. One of the recipients was Arthur Laffer in 2019. Laffer was an economic advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Laffer is best known for the Laffer curve, an illustration of the concept that there exists some tax rate between 0% and 100% that will result in maximum tax revenue for government. In certain circumstances, this would allow governments to cut taxes, and simultaneously increase revenue and economic growth
Another recipient that I just became aware of is Fred Korematsu, who most of us are not familiar with - but he apparently has a connection to Trump.
Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.
In 1983, Prof. Peter Irons, a legal historian, together with researcher Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, discovered key documents that government intelligence agencies had hidden from the Supreme Court in 1944. The documents consistently showed that Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. With this new evidence, a pro-bono legal team that included the Asian Law Caucus re-opened Korematsu’s 40-year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. In 2010, the state of California passed the Fred Korematsu Day bill, making January 30 the first day in the U.S. named after an Asian.
What's the connection to Trump?
After reading it, you will probably be confused as I was, which is why you should not use Wikipedia as your only source of information. When in doubt, use an academic database, which you can learn more about in the link below: