Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro was thrilled to learn that she’d received the International Women of Courage Award. The award is granted annually by the U.S. Department of State to women who have demonstrated “exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment.”
Aro hmade arrangements for travel to the United States and gave the State Department her social media information.
Suddenly, she learned the award had been rescinded.
Aro says it’s because of a critical tweet she posted of President Donald Trump.
The Kremlin doesn't need any troll factories as long at it has YOU trolling on behalf of it!
— Jessikka Aro (@JessikkaAro) February 17, 2019
When the President tweeted that the “RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA” was “THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE,” Aro fired back:
“The Kremlin doesn’t need any troll factories as long as it has YOU trolling on behalf of it!”
Aro believes it was this tweet that resulted in her award being rescinded.
Watch her interview with CNN below.
Aro was originally awarded the honor for her work regarding Russia’s propaganda efforts in the United States and Europe.
Though the award may have been rescinded, Twitter was certain to shower Aro with praise.
Sad to hear you lost your courage award based upon this tweet. Quite ironic that no one who doesn’t kowtow to @realDonaldTrump will ever get an award if he or his minions have any input. Keep it the good work!
— TIG (@TIG_Asia) April 8, 2019
Trump took something from you that any human being with a heartbeat knows is an award he will never, ever get. No one will ever say that Donald Trumpturd has courage. He is the biggest coward to ever hold the position he is in now. Thank you for your courage in your reporting.
— Sir Don 🇺🇸 (@dnamoore) April 8, 2019
Feel bad you had award pulled; however, you won't miss seeing Jellohead and/or Pompeo.
— Bruce Parks (@BrucePa02273691) April 8, 2019
Thank you for speaking truth to power.
— Nathan James Baker (@nathanjbaker) April 7, 2019