Video Resurfaces Showing Trump’s Attacks on McCain’s POW Status Started Almost 20 Years Ago

President Donald Trump faced heavy criticism during his 2016 presidential run for his comments on Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), in regards to his status as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. 

McCain was held in a prison camp for five years until his release in 1973. 

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said in the now famous interview on C-SPAN in 2015. “He’s a war hero cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay?”

On Tuesday, Politico reporter, Jake Sherman, resurfaced a 1999 “60 Minutes” interview with the now president. The video proves that Trump’s resentment towards the Arizona Senator and his status as prisoner of war existed long before Trump’s infamous 2015 interview. 

“He was captured,” Trump says of McCain. “Does being captured make you a hero? I’m not sure.”

While he criticized McCain for being captured in Vietnam, the president avoided serving in that war. First reported by the Washington Post, Trump avoided the draft four separate times. Some were for his college education, but for another deferment, he was excused for medical reasons. Trump said those medical reasons were bone spurs in his feet. 

The resurfaced “60 Minutes” video demonstrated some more of Trump’s questionable behavior towards women. Later in the video, after the McCain comment, Trump is seen making loud comments to women in the audience asking him questions, including a remark about a woman’s revealing dress and to marry a rich man to be successful. 

Now first lady, Melania Trump, appears in the video, though at the time, she and Trump were not married. In the 1999 interview, Trump commented on his desire to become president.

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