US President Donald Trump on his final full day in office bestowed a prestigious award on Bahrain’s leader.
The Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander is a rare award given out by the US president to other heads of state. In presenting the award, Trump praised Khalifa for Bahrain’s establishment of relations with Israel and its hosting of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, the agency reported.
Bahrain has also hosted a US Navy presence for half a century.
Bahrain agreed to normalize ties with Israel in September in a deal brokered by the Trump administration.