Trump Decorates Retired Four-Star General With Medal Of Freedom
US President Donald Trump decorated the retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane with the highest civilian honour at a White House ceremony. He called the Army veteran a “visionary,” a “brilliant strategist” and a “fearless patriot.”
Trump showered praises over Jack Keane
The president said that in 2006, Jack helped engineer the surge that stabilized the deteriorating situation in Iraq. Also, that Jack had continued to offer his sage counsel to military and policy leaders by visiting the troops in the frontiers.
Gen. Jack Keane
Born in Manhattan, New York, Jack Keane attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Army War College in Pennsylvania. The 77-year-old General started as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War and later served in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo.
In 1991, Jack Keane helped saved former Army Gen. David Petraeus when he was shot during a live-fire exercise. Petraeus later became director of CIA. Also, Keane also directed 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in 120 countries in the capacity of chief operating officer of the Army for more than four years.
Dispute between Trump and Keane
Jack Keane thought that withdrawing US forces from Syria was a strategic mistake. He agreed that President Trump crushed the Islamic State but that his decision wold “lose the peace by withdrawing.”
But Keane supported Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The deal was negotiated during the Obama administration. He thought that former presidents had coddled Tehran.