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John McCain took a jab at Trump's 'bone spurs' Vietnam War draft deferment



Sen. John McCain made a not-so subtle jab at President Trump's draft deferment during the Vietnam War.

"One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur," said McCain during an interview with C-SPAN on Sunday night.

"That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve."
Sen. John McCain (R) Arizona
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McCain, who served as a naval aviator during the war, spent five and a half years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. His status as a war hero was questioned by Trump during the 2016 election. Trump received five draft deferments during the Vietnam War, including four while studying at Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania and another for bone spurs in his heel. Receiving a deferment while attending college was not unusual, though draftees were vulnerable to be called up once they completed their studies.

Trump reported to an armed forces physical exam two months after leaving school on September 17, 1968, where he was medically disqualified, according to the Jamaica, New York, draft board. The board's ledger does not detail why Trump was disqualified, as those records were destroyed after the draft ended in 1973, according to the Washington Post. That said, Trump confirmed he was disqualified due to the bone spurs during an interview with the New York Times in 2016, noting he had received a "very strong letter on the heels" confirming his condition.

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