WASHINGTON- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) implied that President Donald Trump had evaded military service during the Vietnam War during a television interview Sunday.
“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur,” McCain told C-SPAN3’s American History TV.
“That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve,” McCain added.
McCain did not specifically mention Trump.
The New York Times last year reported that Trump received four draft deferments while a student in college and upon graduation in 1968 received an additional deferment due to foot problems.
McCain is a former naval aviator and decorated Vietnam Veteran. He spent five-and-a-half years in a North Vietnamese prison camp following capture that ensued after his plane was shot down over Hanoi in Oct. 1967.
Trump at the July 2015 Family Leadership Summit said of McCain’s wartime service: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
McCain is a frequent Trump critic. In a speech last week the six-term senator cautioned against acquiescing to nationalist and isolationist sentiments many believe have gained momentum during the Trump Administration.
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