Following the insurrection that he incited, Donald Trump was desperate to change the subject. He attempted to do so by giving out Medals of Freedom. He honored two of his most loyal toadies, Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes. He also gave medals to golfers Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam.
One prominent sports figure, though, declined to accept the honor; Bill Belichick. According to Trump, the Patriots coach later hugged and kissed him to make up for the slight.
New York Times reporter’s Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burn are working on a new book about Trump. An excerpt reads:
“Trump bragged that it was not only Republican politicians who had crawled back to his side after briefly rejecting him after January 6.See Also
One of the rejections that had bothered him the most had come from Bill Belichick, the legendary coach of the New England Patriots who had declined Trump’s attempt to grant him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In the immediate aftermath of the riot, it was just not possible for him to appear with Trump. Back then, Trump said, Belichick had ‘chickened out.’ But get this, Trump confided: The coach had just a week earlier been playing golf at Trump’s nearby course. Trump had run into him there on the second-to-last hole. ‘He came up to me on the seventeenth,’the former commander-in-chief recounted with relish.
Stretching credulity for anyone familiar with Belichick’s gruff persona, Trump claimed: ‘He hugged me and kissed me.’
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.