President Trump plans to award New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick the Medal of Freedom this week in a bid to return to normalcy after the US Capitol riots and calls for his second impeachment, according to a report Sunday.
With just days left in the Oval Office, Trump will make a last-minute presidential power flex by honoring the Super Bowl-winning mastermind — and other longtime supporters — with the highest civilian honor, according to Politico.com
Trump also plans to give Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) the award Monday — the same day Democrats are expected to introduce articles of impeachment against him.
On Tuesday, Trump will visit a section of the US border wall in Alamo, Texas, less than a week after five people were killed during the right-wing siege at the US Capitol.
And on Thursday, he’ll give Belichick the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which historically honors people for “security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
The events have long been in the works, a Trump aide told the outlet.
In 2016, Trump bragged that Belichick wrote him a letter congratulating him on “a tremendous campaign.”
A Patriots rep did not immediately respond to Politico’s request for comment.