Trump to present Medal of Freedom to retired general

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FILE – In this June 21, 2019, file photo former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane, speaks to activists gathered at the State Department in Washington. The White House says President Donald Trump will present the highest civilian honor he can bestow to Keane. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) β€” The White House says President Donald Trump will present the highest civilian honor he can bestow to retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane.

Keane served as the chief operating officer of the Army for more than four years and directed 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in 120 countries. He was in the Pentagon when terrorists crashed a jetliner into the building on Sept. 11, 2001, and he provided oversight and support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He now serves as a national security analyst for Fox News.

Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in announcing the next Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient that Keane β€œhas devoted his life to keeping America safe and strong.” The presentation will take place next week.

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