After backlash over his past of not serving in the U.S. military, President Donald Trump is explaining how he “would’ve been honored” to serve, but believes he’s making up for the lost time as he serves as the Commander in Chief.
Trump didn’t serve in the Vietnam War after receiving medical deferments for bone spurs in his feet and has received criticism for the move from 2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg, who he claimed Trump “faked a disability to avoid serving in Vietnam.”
During a “Good Morning Britain” exclusive interview aired on Wednesday, Piers Morgan asked the president about not serving in the military ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. In response, the president flat out said he was “never a fan” of the Vietnam War because it was a “terrible war.”
“I thought it was very far away … and at that time nobody ever heard of the country. Today they’re doing very well. […] This isn’t like I’m fighting against Nazi Germany, we’re fighting against Hitler. And I was like a lot of people. Now, I wasn’t out on the streets marching … but no I was not a fan of that war. That war was not something we should’ve been involved in.”
“I would not have minded that at all,” the president responded when asked if he would’ve liked to serve at some point, adding that he “would’ve been honored” to do so.
“But I think I make up for it right now … and I think I’m making up for it rapidly because we’re rebuilding our military at a level that it’s never seen before,” Trump added.
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With D-Day’s 75th anniversary approaching on June 6, Trump, along with members of the Royal Family and other world leaders, commemorated veterans on Wednesday during a ceremony in Portsmouth, England.