President Trump is hold a ceremony at the White House today to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to John Chapman, an Air Force tech sergeant who died in Afghanistan in 2002. The event is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET.
The event is being held in recognition of Chapman’s heroic actions during a special operation to rescue a teammate who was ejected from his helicopter after coming under attack around Takur Ghar in the Arma Mountains. Despite heavy fire from al-Qaeda and Taliban forces, Chapman charged the enemy at their bunker in order to give his squad a chance to take cover. Chapman was terribly wounded during the effort and was eventually killed as the firefight continued.
It’s unclear if Trump will take reporter questions during this event, but if he does, there’s no doubt he’ll face questions regarding Paul Manafort‘s guilty verdict and Michael Cohen‘s plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Cohen’s guilty plea has caused a new legal firestorm for the White House because he implicated Trump’s involvement in his infamous Stormy Daniels/Karen McDougal hush money schemes, both of which violated campaign finance law. Trump claimed today that he did not direct Cohen’s hush money payments, though this contradicts the secret recordings Cohen took of his boss where they discussed the arrangements to make it happen.
Watch above, via NBC.
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