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Trump to award Medal of Freedom to retired Gen. Jack Keane

Trump to award Medal of Freedom to retired Gen. Jack Keane
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jack Keane, a retired four-star Army general and senior strategic analyst for Fox News, the White House said Wednesday. 

Trump will award the medal to Keane next week, White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamKayleigh McEnany joins Fox News as co-host of 'Outnumbered' Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam MORE said in a statement. The award represents the U.S.'s highest civilian honor.

“General Jack Keane is a retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and a well-respected foreign policy and national security expert,” Grisham said.

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“General Keane has devoted his life to keeping America safe and strong, and he has earned many awards, including two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, five Legions of Merit, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Ronald Reagan Peace through Strength Award,” she continued.

Keane, who retired from the military in 2003, is a frequent presence on Fox News who often defends the president’s foreign policy decisions. He has been known to advise Trump on military decisions with respect to Syria and reportedly twice turned down an offer to be Trump’s Defense secretary. 

Keane is also the chairman of the Institute for the Study of War, a national security policy think tank.