President Trump’s historic speech to US veterans in Vietnam on Veterans Day weekend was so moving that one Vietnam veteran began to cry after he thanked President Trump for his work for America.
But the president’s remarks were not good enough for critical Senator John McCain
He wanted to make a few a headlines so he slated the American president while he was abroad.
The senator took another shot at Donald Trump on Sunday night, with an angry allusion to Americans who evaded the draft for the Vietnam War. “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. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”
The president received five deferments from service in Vietnam: four for academic reasons and one for bone spurs – calcium buildups – in his heels. At a news conference in 2015, he said he couldn’t remember which heel the bone spurs had affected. His campaign said it was both.
In July 2016, Trump told the New York Times: “I had a doctor that gave me a letter – a very strong letter on the heels.” The problem had been “temporary” and “minor”, he said, adding: “Over a period of time, it healed up. “You know, it was difficult from the long-term walking standpoint.”
Since July 2015 the Vietnam War has been an unlimited source of tension between Trump and McCain; Trump, then a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, questioned whether McCain was a war hero.
McCain, then a naval aviator, was badly injured in a crash in 1967, captured by the North Vietnamese, held for five years and tortured. He refused opportunities to be released for propaganda purposes.
“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said, at a campaign event in Iowa.
Last week, accepting the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, the senator gave other remarks that were interpreted as an attack on Trump- “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems. We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil.”
In a comeback, Trump told a radio host: “People have to be careful because I fight back. I’m being very nice, very nice, but at some point I will fight back and it won’t be pretty.”
McCain retorted: “It’s fine with me. I’ve faced some fairly significant adversaries in the past.”