‘I Wanted One’: Trump Jokes About Giving Himself the Medal of Honor

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President Donald Trump joked about giving himself the Congressional Medal of Honor in a speech to a veterans group in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday.

“There’s nothing like the Medal of Honor,” Trump said after acknowledging Medal of Honor recipient and World War II veteran Cpl. Hershel “Woody” Williams in the crowd. “I wanted one, but they told me I don’t qualify, Woody.”

Trump was speaking at the AMVETS 75th Annual National Convention in Louisville when he cracked the joke, eliciting laughter from the crowd.

“I said, ‘Can I give it to myself anyway?'” Trump said to laughter in the room. “They said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.'”

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VoteVets, a progressive veterans group, noted that Trump “actively avoided military service,” when he was younger. The president received five draft deferments, including one for bone spurs in his heels, during the Vietnam War.

Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, who is flirting with a potential primary challenge against the president, questioned whether Trump would actually end up giving himself a Medal of Honor.

Though the president appeared to be joking on Wednesday, it’s not the first time he’s coveted a military decoration. Amid a spat with the family of a fallen soldier during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump responded to a supporter gifting him a Purple Heart medal by saying he “always wanted” one.

“I said to him, ‘Is that, like, the real one or is that a copy?’” Trump said of his conversation with the supporter who gifted him the medal given to service members who are wounded or killed while serving.

“I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier,” he said. “But I tell you, it was such an honor.”

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James
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>Phyllis Softa< It is really pathetic that there are so many people – like you – whose HATRED of the fact Donald J, Trump IS the President that it outweighs your ability to laugh or even break a smile at what this President jokingly says. True; HE is not the cookie cutter type of President I've seen since #32 – FDR – in the 1930's; BUT, President Trump is his OWN man and we all should be mighty thankful HE is in the White House and NOT that foul-mouth, anti-military, anti-law enforcement, anti-freedom, anti-American Saul Alinsky radical named Hillary Rotten… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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If Trump resigns before Jan 20, 2020 Pence will certainly give him the Medal of Honor.

James
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A President with a real sense of humor? Can’t be. ALL Presidents are supposed to be stuffed suits looking for ways to increase their net worth before leaving Office or looking around the WH to see what they can steal.

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