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Donald Trump to speak as Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

U.S. President Donald Trump is applauded by Vice President Mike Pence as he arrives in the Capitol Rotunda for a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring former Senate majority leader Bob Dole in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON – Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is receiving the Congressional Gold Medal.

The Kansas Republican, a decorated World War II veteran and his party’s 1996 presidential candidate, will receive Congress’ highest honour during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday. President Donald Trump plans to attend. Some of the award’s 300 recipients include George Washington and Mother Teresa.

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Dole is considered one of his party’s best dealmakers, a distinction Trump has given himself, as well. But Trump and the Republican-led Congress are currently mired in a pitched budget battle that could end in a government shutdown at the end of the week if not resolved.

Dole supported Trump for president.

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Trump’s campaign says the president has known Dole for years and especially admires Dole’s support for veterans.

Former Senate majority leader Bob Dole is applauded as he arrives in the Capitol Rotunda for a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony held in his honor in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

 

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