Trump to award Medal of Honor to Army Ranger on 9/11 | TheHill – The Hill

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpKenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several ‘peaceful’ nights MSNBC’s Joy Reid concedes ‘framing’ of Muslim comments ‘didn’t work’ Conway says even more ‘hidden, undercover’ Trump voters will help him win reelection MORE will award the medal of honor to Army Ranger Sgt. Maj. Thomas Payne at a ceremony at the White House on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Payne helped rescue more than 70 hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants during a nighttime special operations raid in October 2015 in Iraq’s Kirkuk Province as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Payne had already been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. The Medal of Honor represents the highest military decoration.

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The ceremony will take place at the White House next Friday, Sept. 11, marking the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Payne joined the Army after 9/11 in July 2002. He was trained as an Infantryman and became an Army Ranger in 2003. Payne has deployed in support of numerous missions, including Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, Inherent Resolve, and Resolute Support, as well as supporting U.S. Africa Command.

Trump is also expected to commemorate the 9/11 anniversary in Shanksville, Pa., where one of the planes hijacked crashed 19 years ago. Trump and First Lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump encourages North Carolina residents to test system by voting twice Trump and Biden will both visit Pennsylvania site on anniversary of 9/11 Melania Trump used private email account while in White House, ex-friend says MORE plan to visit Flight 93 National Memorial, which is roughly two miles from Shanksville.

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