Trump calls Bob Dole 'a true American hero'

Trump calls Bob Dole 'a true American hero'

Bob Dole, longtime Senate Republican leader and the GOP's 1996 presidential nominee, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal Wednesday for his service in war and government.

"Senator Dole never stopped working to make his country a better place", added Senate Minority Leader Chuck Shumer, D-New York.

For almost a year after shrapnel tore through his right shoulder while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he couldn't feed himself and he had to learn how to walk and dress himself. But Trump and the Republican-led Congress are now mired in a pitched budget battle that could end in a government shutdown at the end of the week if not resolved. Some of the award's 300 recipients include George Washington and Mother Teresa. Trump's profanity-laced meeting with lawmakers of both parties on immigration last week blew up whatever comity may have existed between him and Congress at the start of 2018.

"I want to thank all of those who said such kind words about me", he quipped.

'Tonight, this hall belongs to the party of Lincoln. "And the exits, which are clearly marked, are for you to walk out of as I stand this ground without compromise".

For all of that, Trump reached the pinnacle of American politics. He lost to Democrat Bill Clinton. Among other accomplishments, he served as National Chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign, established the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas to encourage bipartisanship in politics, and has been a life-long champion for the disabled.

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He was grievously injured during an offensive in Italy as he tried to save another soldier.

Wounded while serving in the U.S. Army in a battle during World War II, Dole received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He served for a decade as Senate Majority Leader before leaving the Senate to campaign for the presidency, and played a large role in shaping the Americans with Disabilities Act. "You have greatly impacted so many in this nation".

It's the highest honor the nation's legislative body has for a civilian.

The President joined Republican and Democratic leaders in praising the 94-year-old former Republican presidential nominee on Capitol Hill Wednesday, four months after signing into law the bill awarding Dole the medal in recognition of his service to the United States "as a soldier, legislator and statesman".

"Without them", Dole said, "nothing would have been accomplished".

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