Published: Tue, October 24, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

McCain Slams Americans Who Dodged Vietnam Draft with 'Bone Spur'

McCain Slams Americans Who Dodged Vietnam Draft with 'Bone Spur'

John McCain, a former Navy pilot and prisoner of war during Vietnam, issued a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump's medical deferments that kept him from serving in the us military during the conflict.

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One of Trump's five draft deferments came as a result of a physician's letter stating he suffered from bone spurs in his feet.

McCain, 81, languished for more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam after his plane was shot down in 1967 during combat.

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"I had a doctor that gave me a letter, a very strong letter on the heels", Trump told the paper. "But I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people", Trump said in a biography by Michael D'Antonio, according to the Times.

Trump has previously said that McCain was "not a war hero".

McCain has been pressing the Trump administration for more details of what happened during that fateful military ambush in Niger. Trump was widely criticized for his comment in June 2015 when he said McCain was not a war hero.

The constant back-and-forth between the president and McCain stands as the latest skirmish between the two Republican Party heavyweights and another example of Trump tangling with GOP senators who could undermine his agenda in Congress.

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McCain later clarified his comments, saying on October 23 that Trump was not a "draft dodger". Trump was later disappointed when McCain voted against the bill supported by the White House.

When one of the hosts remarked that people thought he was talking about Mr Trump because the President had sought a medical deferment, Senator McCain interjected, "More than once, yes". In an interview with C-SPAN for the 50th anniversary of the war, McCain took issue with how easy it was for wealthy men to get out of serving. That is wrong. That is wrong. "If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve".

"Senator McCain was referring to one of the great injustices of the Vietnam conflict that led to a majority of poor, undereducated and minority draftees", Tarallo told ABC in a statement.

The Republican senator was speaking to C-SPAN in an interview that aired on October 22, when he mentioned those who had doctors diagnose them with ailments to get them out of being drafted, directly mentioning the condition that got Trump out of the draft, according to Buzzfeed. "Senator McCain has long criticized the Selective Service program during the Vietnam War, which left the fighting to the less privileged".

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