After President Donald Trump continued to oppose certification for the 2020 election after the mob against Trump attacked the Capitol, he has awarded Ohio Republican Jim Jordan the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor for the President of the United States.
Members of Congress received the medal at a closed ceremony at the White House on Monday. No members of the press were invited to record the incident.
Jordan has been one of the president’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill and continues to oppose his election defeat last week, after other Republicans who had participated in the election result withdrew their support due to a deadly riot.
His opposition vote failed authentication, and the president-elect Biden was finally confirmed as the victor against Mr. Trump on Wednesday night, and the next commander-in-chief.
The president later suspended his account on social media platforms, and because of the increasing voices of the two parties and the behavior during the attack on Congress, the two parties called for his removal.
Jordan is the highest Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee and one of eight members of the House of Representatives who joined Trump’s defense team in the Trump impeachment trial last year.
He has been one of the president’s most outspoken defenders because Mr. Trump faced the possibility of a second impeachment in the last few days of his tenure, because he took action before the mob attacked the Capitol last week, some claim This encouraged his actions. thug.
The White House pointed out in a statement that Jordan “led the effort to combat impeachment witches”
The Presidential Medal of Freedom established by President John F. Kennedy recognizes those who have made “special contributions” to national security, world peace, or “cultural or other major public or private causes.”
Last week, Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom to another Republican ally, Republican Devon Nunes of California, in a private ceremony.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why the ceremony was held without the presence of the media.
The Associated Press contributed to this report