Actor Denzel Washington was slated to be honored with the Medal of Freedom, but he did not appear at Thursday's White House ceremony because of a positive Covid-19 result, according to a White House official.
President Biden said during the ceremony that the actor wanted to be there and will receive the award at a later date.
"There’s a man who couldn’t be here today but wanted to be: Denzel Washington, one of our greatest actors in American history. Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Tony Awards, (and) wide acclaim from audiences and peers around the world," the President said. "He couldn’t be here with us today, but I’ll be giving him this award at a later date when he’s able to get here."