New York’s personal Father Alexander Karloutsos will be amongst 17 outstanding figures to obtain the Presidential Medal of Freedom subsequent week, the White House introduced Friday.
Actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and soccer star Megan Rapinoe are additionally among the many recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor — which presidents usually use to host celebrities or reward longtime pals and associates.
Three honorees will obtain their medals posthumously: Apple founder Steve Jobs, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka.
Other recipients will embody former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who has advocated for gun management since she was severely injured in a 2011 mass taking pictures in her residence state that killed six individuals, and outstanding Donald Trump critic Khizr Khan.
Khan and his spouse, Ghazala, emerged as public figures throughout the 2016 presidential marketing campaign after they spoke at that yr’s Democratic National Convention towards then-candidate Trump’s rhetoric concerning Muslim immigration. Their son, US Army Capt. Humayun Khan, died in Iraq in 2004.
It’s unclear why Biden is barely giving the award to Khizr Khan and never his spouse.
Southampton resident Karloutsos retired final yr because the vicar basic of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The beloved religious chief and his household are shut to the Bidens — so shut that Karloutsos’ son Michael reportedly attended an notorious 2015 DC dinner organized by then-second son Hunter Biden that included Joe Biden and, in accordance to emails and a photograph, enterprise associates from Ukraine, Kazakhstan and presumably Russia.
Hunter Biden wrote in an e mail on the time to Michael Karloutsos that “the explanation for the dinner is ostensibly to talk about meals safety.”
A day after the dinner, Vadym Pozharskyi, an govt at Ukrainian power agency Burisma, which paid Hunter Biden $83,000 monthly to sit on its board, emailed Hunter to thank him for the chance to meet his father.
Emails indicated that the visitor record additionally included Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, ex-Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov. A 2020 report from Senate Republican-led committees alleges that in 2014, Baturina paid $3.5 million to a agency related with Hunter Biden. She is one of the oligarchs but to face Biden administration sanctions in response to this yr’s Russian invasion of Ukraine.