U.S. President Donald Trump awarded a number of political figures with the prestigious American military award, the Legion of Merit. It was announced on National Security Council (NSC) Twitter on December 21.
The awarding was carried out on behalf of the U.S. leader by his assistant for national security Robert O’Brien. He presented awards to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as to Indian and Australian leaders Narendra Modi and Scott Morrison, through their ambassadors.
Abe was recognized “for his leadership and vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” Modi received the award “for his leadership in strengthening the U.S.-India strategic partnership,” and Morrison was honored “for his leadership on global issues and collective security.
“On behalf of President @realDonaldTrump, I presented the Legion of Merit to @ScottMorrisonMP, @narendramodi, and @AbeShinzo, through Ambassadors @A_Sinodinos, Sugiyama @JapanEmbDC, and @SandhuTaranjitS, who accepted the decorations.” –NSA Robert C. O’Brien pic.twitter.com/hmgiQrY5RP
— NSC (@WHNSC) December 21, 2020
Shinzo Abe announced his intention to step down as prime minister of Japan due to an exacerbation of a chronic illness on August 28, after seven years and eight months as Japan’s head of government.
At the same time, Trump, in a phone conversation with the politician, called him the most outstanding prime minister in the history of Japan.