In a new book on the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump says New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has “outdone himself” by refusing to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Yahoo! Sport reports†
Trump denounces Belichick’s refusal to accept honor in interview with New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, authors of This is not going to end: Trump, Biden and the struggle for America’s future†
Trump was willing to give the medal, one of the highest civilian honors in the country, to Belichick in January 2021. But Belichick said he would not accept the award, citing the January 6 Capitol uprising: “Then last week’s tragic events have occurred and the decision has been made not to proceed with the award. Above all, I am an American citizen with great respect for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy.”
Trump claims that Belichick later tried to make amends with him on a golf course. “He came to me on the 17th,” Trump says in the book. “He hugged me and kissed me.”
There are clearly no hard feelings between the ex-president and Pats’ coach. On Sunday, Belichick attended a Super Bowl party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
This is not about is scheduled for release by Simon and Schuster on May 3.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.