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As his time in the White House ticks away, US President Donald Trump found a unique Christmas present for the man who has everything, giving PM Scott Morrison a prestigious American military honour.

The US National Security Council tweeted on Tuesday that President Donald Trump awarded the Legion of Merit to Mr Morrison ‘for his leadership in addressing global challenges and promoting collective security’.

Australia’s man in Washington, Arthur Sinodinos, accepted the award on the Prime Minister’s behalf.

The Legion of Merit is usually awarded to US soldiers, and occasionally to foreign political or military figures.

This week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe were awarded the same decoration as the Australian Prime Minister, for equally dubious reasons.

Other Legion of Merit-holders were not asked their opinion of the latest awardees.

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  1. You warn against the nation becoming complacent and neglectful of our precious freedoms but display respect for the office of Prime Minister by addressing Scott Morrison as ScoMo.

  2. If ScoMo has any integrity whatsoever, he’ll return the stupid gong with the instruction to Trump to sit on it and twist! (Might be difficult with a Depends diaper in the way.)

  3. So if you were the PM of Oz and knew that your award was for; “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements” by a president that has the hallmarks of: “He Refuses To Accept Criticism; He Refuses To Evaluate Errors And Changes Course When Presented With New Information; He Does Not Do What Is Right In The Long Term, He Succumbs To Short Term Pressures; He Doesn’t Take Care Of His People; and He Has No Empathy”. And now with his pardons, especially pardoning four Blackwater guards who slain Iraq civilians and is now considering; “(CNN) – The Trump administration is considering granting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman legal immunity from a federal lawsuit alleging that he ordered an assassination squad to kill a former top Saudi intelligence official who shared information with the US, according to sources familiar with the situation.”
    Moreover, one must see through the veil as a person that has no understanding of democracy and is constantly berating the justice system to become an authoritarian dictator.
    Would you as the PM of Oz wish to be bestowed the Legion of Merit?

  4. At a time when China is not calling Australia a China Plate, the US president sidles up to Scott Morrison.
    “China, China, China.” Donald Trump once said.

  5. ScoMo, president of OZ, now granted a ‘wizard’ of applause by the greatest fool
    in US existence seems to feel okay about accepting a dishonorable award. It’s
    current politic non-sense that we’ve allowed our hit-or-miss ‘leaders’ to get away
    with during the last decade of decadence – we deserve the nut-cases we’ve got.
    After all, we voted both in.


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