Trump praised Dole, who represented Kansas in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1996, as a ‘true patriot’ upon learning of his passing on Sunday, despite Dole saying he was sick of Trump by the end of the 2020 election race.
‘Bob Dole was an American war hero and true patriot for our Nation. He served the Great State of Kansas with honor and the Republican Party was made stronger by his service,’ Trump wrote of Dole.
‘Our Nation mourns his passing, and our prayers are with Elizabeth and his wonderful family.’
Dole was one of the few members of the traditional GOP establishment to endorse Trump’s run for presidency back in 2016, and the only former presidential nominee to attend the Republican National Convention where Trump was nominated.
Donald Trump paid his respects to former Republican Senator Bob Dole, pictured here during Dole’s Congressional Gold Medal in 2018, after he died at the age of 98 Sunday
Trump praised Dole as a ‘true patriot’ upon learning of his passing on Sunday, despite Dole saying he was sick of Trump by the end of the 2020 election race
Dole was one of the few members of the traditional GOP establishment to endorse Trump’s run for presidency back in 2016
However, Dole eventually broke away from Trump and his MAGA political line, saying he undoubtedly lost his reelection campaign following the 2020 presidential race, which he ultimately lost to Joe Biden.
‘He lost the election, and I regret that he did, but they did,’ Dole said according to a USA Today report.
‘He had Rudy Giuliani running all over the country, claiming fraud. He never had one bit of fraud in all those lawsuits he filed and statements he made.’
‘I’m a Trumper,’ Dole added during the same conversation.
‘I’m sort of Trumped out, though,’ he said in a separate interview.
Hours later President Biden ordered all US flags on public ground to fly at half-staff until sunset on December 9 to honor the political giant.
Dole (pictured center with late Arizona Senator John McCain and wife Elizabeth when running for president in 1996) also served in the U.S. Senate for 27 years representing Kansas and made three unsuccessful runs for president
Dole served in World War II as part of the Army reserves. He was deployed to Italy as a second lieutenant in 1944 where he was nearly killed by a German explosive during combat in the mountainous Apennine region
‘It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep,’ the Elizabeth Dole Foundation tweeted on Sunday.
‘At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years. More information coming soon,’ the statement continues.
In February 2021, Dole announced he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer and in July 2021 was receiving immunotherapy to treat the disease, forgoing chemotherapy due to its negative effect on his body.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff upon the news of Dole’s death.
Dole served in the Senate for 27 years and was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, losing to incumbent Bill Clinton.
Former Republican Senator Bob Dole died at the age of 98 Sunday morning
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced Dole’s death on Twitter Sunday morning and said ‘more information coming soon’
Before that, President Gerald Ford chose Dole as his running mate in the 1976 election after Vice President Nelson Rockefeller withdrew from seeking a full term. Ford was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter in the general election.
Dole also sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1980, but quickly dropped out of the race he was also defeated in the 1988 Republican primaries by Vice President George H. W. Bush.
He represented Kansas in the Senate and during the final 11 years of his tenure served as the Republican Leader of the upper chamber, which included three nonconsecutive years as Senate Majority Leader.
First entering politics as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives in 1951, Dole then served as a County Attorney there before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Dole leaves behind his wife Elizabeth, 85, and daughter Robin, 67.