After the president’s motorcade stopped near the Watergate, the White House says “The President is visiting his close friend, Senator Bob Dole.” Dole, 97, announced this week that he’s been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
“He’s doing well,” President Biden said of his longtime former colleague Sen. Dole.
Gah per @MarioDParker in the pool.

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