Leroy N. Soetoro
2017-10-24 17:03:01 UTC
Americans avoided serving in the Vietnam War, but insisted on Monday that
he was not talking about President Trump when he did so.
Speaking on C-Span on Sunday, Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, used bone
spurs as an example of the kind of condition that allowed some to avoid
being drafted during the conflict. Mr. Trump was exempted from military
service after receiving a diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels.
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 that they had a bone
spur, Mr. McCain said. That is wrong.
Mr. McCain did not mention Mr. Trump directly in the interview. But his
choice to use bone spurs as an example, when Americans received exemptions
for manifold other conditions, was widely perceived as a jab at the
On Monday, Mr. McCain appeared on The View, where his daughter, Meghan,
is a host, and repeated his comments. He said that while he did not
consider Mr. Trump a draft dodger, the system had been so broken that
certain Americans could evade their responsibilities.
He did not deny that he had been talking about Mr. Trump, and was critical
of the president for his past comments about prisoners of war.
But later, Mr. McCain insisted to reporters that he had not been talking
about Mr. Trump, The Daily Beast reported.
I was against that 40 years ago, Mr. McCain said. So for you people to
say that Im taking a shot at Trump over that, then you dont know my
record. It is unfair and unequal. The rich people didnt serve and poor
people did. It has nothing to do with President Trump.
In an interview with The Times in 2016, Mr. Trump recalled the spurs as
temporary and minor, saying that they had not meaningfully affected
I had a doctor that gave me a letter a very strong letter on the
heels, he said then.
The senators comments on Sunday to C-Span followed a week of difficult
questions for the White House over Mr. Trumps attitude toward military
service, after a call from the president to the widow of a slain soldier
ignited a firestorm. The controversy threatened to overshadow the
presidents agenda for a second week after the soldiers widow spoke out
publicly on Monday morning.
Mr. McCain tends to vote in line with Mr. Trumps positions. But his
remarks were a reminder of the simmering conflict between an unorthodox
president and a senator who was shot down during the Vietnam War and
subjected to abuse and torture for more than five years as a prisoner in
Mr. Trump, 71, and Mr. McCain, 81, have clashed frequently over the past
several years. In July 2015, after the two exchanged barbs during the
Republican primary contests, Mr. Trump said the senator was not a war
hero, adding that he likes people who werent captured.
In July, Mr. McCain cast a deciding vote against a bill to repeal the
Affordable Care Act, a measure that Mr. Trump had vocally supported. Mr.
Trump, in turn, repeatedly attacked Mr. McCain on Twitter and at his
Mr. McCains vote on health care came in the same month that the senators
office announced that he had brain cancer.
In response to the diagnosis, the president recognized an essential
quality in a fellow Republican who has repeatedly spoken out against him.
Senator John McCain has always been a fighter, Mr. Trump said then.
Donald J. Trump, 304 electoral votes to 227, defeated compulsive liar in
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Congratulations President Trump. Thank you for ending the disaster of the
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