On Monday, Trump plans to present Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) with the highest civilian honor. On Tuesday, he plans to visit Alamo, Texas, to visit a section of the border wall between the US and Mexico. And on Thursday, Trump plans to award New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to a White House official.
A patriot spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The President’s efforts to keep a normal schedule amid the turmoil he sparked began last week when he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to professional golfers Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player after the riot. The events of this week will have a similarly grim backdrop. Democrats could vote impeachment proceedings as early as Tuesday to incite the violent mob that raided the Capitol, house majority whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday during an appearance on Fox News.
Apparently, not everyone in the administration works as usual. Vice President Mike Pence also planned to hold events this week Highlight policy gains for management. However, he is now expected to be low in his final days in the White House, according to those close to him. Pence and Trump have According to reports not spoken after mobs of Trump supporters came to the hill while Pence oversaw the certification of the electoral college in Congress.
With only 10 days left in office, Trump is trying to exploit the power of the presidency until the last minute. He’s been considering preventative pardons for family members and even his closest associates, and is expected to dock one final trip on Air Force One back to Florida before Biden is privy to one final fall in election results.
The Freedom Medal for Belichick will mark the culmination of one of the more public relations Trump has had with a great athlete during his presidency.
Last month, Trump reappointed Belichick on the President’s Council on Exercise, Fitness, and Nutrition and previously, welcomed Belichick and the Patriots to the White House after their Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017. But the team didn’t work for a traditional post-championship ceremony in 2019 after it won the Super Bowl again, despite owner and Trump friend Robert Kraft made personal appearances without the team.
Belichick wrote a letter of support for Trump during the 2016 election, and the president has called him a “very good friend.” The admiration is so great that Trump has considered turning to the coach as a military adviser.
“He is a very good friend of mine. He’s a winner, ”Trump told Hugh Hewitt during a radio interview in August. “You know, if I ever had a military battle I would call Belichick and say what do you think? What do you think? Give me some ideas. “
Belichick, who has no military experience – but whose father was an advance scout for the Naval Academy – said it was a “very nice compliment” but he was okay with his day job.
“That flatters me” Belichick told the Boston radio station WEEI. “But I’ll just stay with football training.”
Of the 25 presidential freedom medals that Trump awarded or announced, 15 were for people primarily known for the sport, including two posthumous awards (Babe Ruth, Babe Didrikson Zaharias). The others were Lou Holtz, Alan Page and Roger Staubach (soccer); Jerry West and Bob Cousy (basketball); Mariano Rivera (baseball); Jim Ryun (trace); Dan Gable (wrestling); Player, Sorenstam and Tiger Woods (golf); and Roger Penske (car racing).
Gabby Orr contributed to this report.