How Donald Trump avoided the draft during the Vietnam War

Donald Trump’s attacks on the Muslim parents of a decorated American soldier killed in Iraq have sparked renewed scrutiny of the tycoon’s military service deferment, which exempted him from service during the Vietnam War.

The Republican presidential candidate’s criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, who took the stage at last week’s Democratic convention, generated growing concern and dismay from Republican politicians.

Mr Trump drew similar opprobrium a year ago when he said Senator John McCain, who as a naval aviator was shot down and taken prisoner during the Vietnam War, was not a hero because he had been captured.

At the time, a report in the Washington Post revealed that while then-Lieutenant Commander McCain was suffering from disease, malnourishment, and a number of gruesome wounds in a bleak Vietnamese prison, Mr Trump was living a glamorous life at an Ivy League University and later in exclusive Manhattan nightclubs.

When Mr McCain’s plane was shot down over Hanoi during his 23rd bombing mission Mr Trump, nine years his junior, was studying the real estate business at Pennsylvania University’s esteemed Wharton School. He was able to avoid conscription through a series of student deferments, as well as a medical deferment for a bone spur in his foot.》》》》》》》》


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