On Monday, Trump plans to award Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) the highest civilian honor. On Tuesday, he plans to visit Alamo, Texas, to visit part of the US-Mexico border wall. A White House official said Trump plans to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to New England Patriots coach Bill Belishick on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the Patriot did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The President started working hard for a normal schedule of activities in the commotion he encouraged last week, and the riots began last week. At that time, after the riots, he awarded professional golfers Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This week’s event will have a similar dark background. The House of Representatives Majority Whip Jim Clayburn (DS.C.) said in an appearance on Fox News on Sunday that Democrats may vote on impeachment articles as early as Tuesday to incite violence against the Capitol. mob.
Obviously, not everyone in the government is doing business as usual.Vice President Mike Pence also plans to hold events this week Highlight the policy advantages of administrative management. However, according to people familiar with the matter, he is now expected to lie low-key in the last few days of the White House. According to reports, Pence and Trump did not speak after a mob of Trump supporters descended to Hill when Pence was monitoring the congressional election college certification.
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Belichick’s Medal of Freedom will represent one of the more public relations Trump enjoyed with a major sports figure during his presidency.
Last month, Trump reappointed Berichik as a member of the President’s Board of Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. Prior to that, he welcomed Berichik and the Patriots to the White House after beating the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 Super Bowl. . But the team did not participate in its traditional post-championship awards ceremony in 2019 after winning the Super Bowl again, although the owner and Trump friend Robert Kraft made his appearance in person without the team.
Belichick wrote a letter in support of Trump during the 2016 election, and the president called him a “very good friend.” This admiration is so deep that Trump has been contemplating turning to the coach as a military adviser.
“He is a very good friend of mine. He is the winner,” Trump told Hugh Hewitt in a radio interview in August. “You know, if I ever participated in a military battle, I would call Belichick and tell me what you think? What do you think? Give me some ideas.”
Belichick, who has no military experience, said this is “a good compliment,” but his daily work is pretty good.
“I’m flattered by this,” Berishik told the Boston radio station WEEI. “But I just insist on coaching football.”
Of the 25 Presidential Medals of Freedom awarded or announced by Trump, 15 were awarded to people primarily known for sports, including two post-mortem awards (Babe Ruth, Babe Didry Kerson Zaharias). The others are Lou Holtz, Alan Page and Roger Staubach (football); Jerry West and Bob Cousy (basketball); Mariano Rivera (baseball); Jim Ryun (repertoire); Dan Gable (wrestling); players, Sorenstein and Tiger Woods (golf); and Roger Penske (racing).
Gabby Orr contributed to this report.