Trump awards Medal of Freedom to retired Gen. Jack Keane

Trump awards Medal of Freedom to retired Gen. Jack Keane
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE on Tuesday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retired four-star Army Gen. Jack Keane at a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, describing him as “a courageous warrior and a fearless patriot.”

Trump offered a tribute to Keane’s 38-year military career in remarks in the East Room, noting that the retired general, who is also a Fox News analyst, has advised him on issues from time to time.

“Jack, I have to say, has given me a lot of good advice too,” Trump said before honoring Keane with the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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“Jack Keane is a visionary, a brilliant strategist and an American hero,” the president said. “General, you will be remembered as one of the finest and most dedicated soldiers in a long and storied history of the United States military, no question about it.”

Trump recognized Keane for his service in the Vietnam War in the 101st Airborne Division and his later accomplishments as a vice chief of staff in the Army.

Keane retired from the military in 2003 and has been known as an outside adviser to Trump, reportedly twice turning down an offer to be secretary of Defense. Trump noted that Keane left the Army in order to care for his late wife, who at the time had Parkinson’s disease.

Keane is now a senior strategist analyst for Fox News and serves as chairman of the Institute for the Study of War, a national security policy think tank.

In his own remarks, Keane thanked Trump for his “generous and kind words” and said he received a “touching and personal phone call” from the president about receiving the honor. He recognized his sergeants, fellow officers and mentors in the Army, nearly coming to tears as he spoke.

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“I lived that life among heroes who inspired me, and I am still in awe of them today,” Keane said.

Before concluding, Keane also thanked Trump for his efforts to “build up” the U.S. military during his first term.

The retired general was joined by members of his family, and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoWatchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump Trump's push for win with Sudan amps up pressure on Congress  Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize MORE, Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Stopgap spending measure awaits Senate vote | Trump nominates former Nunes aide for intelligence community watchdog | Trump extends ban on racial discrimination training to contractors, military Overnight Defense: Pentagon redirects pandemic funding to defense contractors | US planning for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May | Anti-Trump GOP group puts ads in military papers Official: Pentagon has started 'prudent planning' for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May MORE, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley all attended Tuesday’s ceremony.