Trump to Give Prestigious Honor to 2 Political Allies

Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan will receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 4, 2021 8:52 AM CST
Trump to Give Prestigious Honor to 2 Political Allies
In this December 2019 file photo, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, left, speaks with then Rep. Mark Meadows. President Trump is set to present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Nunes.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – President Trump is set to present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to two of his most outspoken congressional allies, California Rep. Devin Nunes and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, as he looks to reward loyalists with just over two weeks left in his term, per the AP. A White House official confirmed that Trump would present Nunes with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday. The former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has been an ardent backer of Trump's during probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the president's 2019 impeachment by the Democratic-led House.

The award, established by President John F. Kennedy, is meant to recognize those who have made an “especially meritorious contribution" to national security, world peace, or ”cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." The award comes as Trump has been rewarding supporters with the perks and prestige that come with serving on a host of federal advisory boards and commissions before he leaves office on Jan. 20. Jordan, one of the GOP leaders in trying to undermine confidence in the results of the 2020 presidential election, is expected to receive the award next week. Trump’s intent to present the award to the lawmakers was first reported by the Washington Post.

(Read more Presidential Medal of Freedom stories.)

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