President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that his military funding is “making up” for the fact that he never served in the military.
In an interview on “Good Morning Britan” with Piers Morgan, Trump said he didn’t feel too bad that he didn’t serve in Vietnam.
“I was never a fan of that war I’ll be honest with you,” Trump said. “I thought it was a terrible war, it was very far away when you talk about Vietnam at that time nobody heard of the country.”
Morgan mentioned that Trump couldn’t serve because he got a medical deferment from the draft due to bone spurs in his feet. Morgan didn’t question this diagnosis, but many of Trump’s critics and political opponents have, especially after the New York Times reported last year that the doctor that gave the bone spurs diagnosis had business ties to Trump’s father and the daughter of the doctor said the diagnosis was done as a “favor.”
Trump didn’t address his deferment, instead, he pressed on about how he didn’t support the war.
“I was never a fan. This is not like I’m fighting against Nazi Germany, we’re fighting against Hitler,” he said. “And I was like a lot of people. Now, I wasn’t out in streets marching, I wasn’t saying I was gonna move to Canada, which a lot of people did, but no, I was not a fan of that war.”
When asked if he wished he served at all, Trump suggested his presidency replaces his lack of military service.
“I would not have minded that at all, I would have been honored but I think I’m making up for that right now,” he said. “$700 billion I gave last year and then this year $716 billion and I think I’m making up for it rapidly because we’re rebuilding our military at a level that is never been seen before.”
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Currently, three veterans are running in the Democratic primary and are hoping to take on Trump in the 2020 presidential election: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.