Ebene News – AU – Trump rewards Scott Morrison’s Legion of Merit for ‘leadership in addressing global challenges’

The American military decoration was also awarded to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Scott Morrison received a prestigious American military decoration for his “leadership in solving global challenges” and strengthening the partnership between Australia and the United States

Donald Trump gave the Legion of Merit to Morrison, alongside former and current leaders of American allies including Japan and India

The Morrison, Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi awards were presented by US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien Monday night Washington time

The Legion of Merit is an American military decoration which is also conferred on military and political figures of foreign governments

According to the official National Security Council Twitter account, Morrison’s award was “for his leadership in solving global problems and promoting collective security”

“President @realDonaldTrump awarded the Legion of Merit to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his leadership in solving global problems and promoting collective security Ambassador @A_Sinodinos accepted the medal on behalf of PM Morrison – NSA Robert C Photo of O’BrienTwittercom / bTJVLra0Wb

A spokesperson for Morrison said: “The Prime Minister was honored to receive the American Legion of Merit overnight”

The award was accepted by Australian Ambassador to the United States Arthur Sinodinos, who said the US president also acknowledged that Morrison had “strengthened the partnership between the United States and Australia”

Honored to accept the United States Legion of Merit from @realDonaldTrump to @ScottMorrisonMP, recognizing the Prime Minister’s leadership who “has strengthened the partnership between the United States and Australia in addressing global challenges and promote collective security ”@WHNSC

Morrison is not Australia’s first recipient of the award It has been presented to, among others, former Prime Minister Robert Menzies, former Army Chiefs Angus Campbell and David Morrison, and former Chief defense force and current Governor General David Hurley

The awards for Indian Prime Minister Modi and former Japanese Prime Minister Abe have also been accepted by ambassadors from these countries

“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 Photo of O’BrienTwittercom / hmgiQrY5RP

Modiwas was praised for “elevating the strategic partnership between the United States and India”, while Abe was awarded “for his leadership and vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific”

Since becoming Prime Minister in August 2018, Morrison has wooed Trump closely and was rewarded in September 2019 with a full ceremonial welcome on his trip to the United States

During this trip, Morrison attended a Trump rally in Wapakoneta, Ohio and praised Trump’s political priorities, expressing the view that the couple “share a lot of the same views “

Although friendly relations with the President of the United States are generally viewed as positive for the Prime Minister of Australia, polls suggest most Australians would have voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election

Following Trump’s defeat in the November presidential election, Morrison joined other world leaders in congratulating Biden on his victory

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused Morrison of being ‘dazzled and duked’ by Trump, warning that after Morrison got ‘fully engaged’ with his US counterpart on foreign affairs and climate change , he must now change direction to prevent Australia from being seen as a “Trump-lite refuge in the southern hemisphere”

Since Biden’s election, Australia has become increasingly isolated over climate change politics, as the United States pursues net zero emissions as Morrison has resisted appointment as an official reduction target. Australia shows

Australia is also embroiled in a trade dispute with China, in part motivated by Morrison’s call for World Health Organization inspectors to get ‘arms inspector’ type powers to investigate the origin of Covid-19, a move in line with Trump’s harsh rhetoric on China handling the coronavirus

Scott Morrison, Donald Trump, Shinzō Abe

Ebene News – AU – Trump rewards Scott Morrison’s Legion of Merit for “leadership in solving global challenges”

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/22/trump-awards-scott-morrison-legion-of-merit-for-leadership-in-addressing-global-challenges