Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas will receive one of the highest civilian honors bestowed in the U.S. Trump, meanwhile, was mired in a pitched budget battle that threatened to end in a government shutdown at week's end.
Dole supported Trump for president, and Trump signed the honor in September and is expected to speak at the event. Some of the award's 300 recipients include George Washington and Mother Teresa.
Bipartisanship is a concept not often embraced these days, especially by the unconventional president Dole endorsed during the 2016 election.
Trump's visit to Capitol Hill comes as his head of staff John Kelly is making the rounds, meeting with officials with expectations of achieving a bipartisan migration assention. Dole, even at his crankiest, has never been known for such a tone or attitude.
"His entire life he selflessly served our nation's public and our national veterans", Pinegar said by phone from Washington, D.C. "Senator Dole's career is is a ideal example of what can be accomplished through the means of compromise and bipartisanship". "Tonight, this hall belongs to the party of Lincoln. I am pleased the President quickly approved this legislation, and I look forward to the presentation of this elite award in the near future".
For all of that, Trump reached the pinnacle of American politics.
On Wednesday, the 1996 GOP presidential nominee and decorated war hero drew merited praise from both parties, with Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer deeming Dole "the gold standard" for politicians and House Speaker Paul Ryan noting that "he is as honorable as they come".
"To the stars through difficulties, a attractive motto of the truly great state of Kansas, and the flawless description for Senator Dole's extraordinary life", Trump said. He was grievously injured during an offensive in Italy as he tried to save another soldier.
"Bob Dole always stood by what is just and what is right". He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for his service.
The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the nation's highest honors.
In an America where standing for the national anthem is a controversial act, Bob Dole should be an example to us all. "And although 2nd Lieutenant Robert J. Dole of the 10th Mountain Division beat the odds and recovered, he would live with his war wounds every day thereafter", said current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.