Did President Trump Kiss Bob Dole on the Forehead?

Photographs sometimes don't capture the public's attention until later events make them noteworthy.

  • Published 10 December 2018
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Claim

A photograph shows President Trump kissing former senator Bob Dole on the forehead.

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Origin

A photograph purportedly showing President Trump kissing former U.S. Senator Bob Dole on the forehead was circulated on social media in the days following the funeral of former president George H.W. Bush in December 2018:

The internet’s interest in this image, and Bob Dole in general, spiked in December 2018 after the 95-year-old politician rose from his wheelchair in order to salute Bush’s casket. (Dole was gravely wounded by an artillery shell during World War II that left him with permanent disabilities.)

Although this photograph is genuine, some viewers may have been left with the inaccurate impression that it was taken during Bush’s funeral.

The picture of Trump’s kissing Dole on the forehead was actually taken in January 2018 during a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda, upon which occasion the former senator was bestowed with a Congressional Gold Medal. The original is available via UPI, who display it with the following caption:

During a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, Dole was presented Congress’ highest civilian honor by President Trump, Vice President Pence and Senate and House leaders.

President Trump kisses World War II veteran and former Senate majority leader Bob Dole as he received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor, “in recognition of his service to the nation as a soldier, legislator, and statesman.”