Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

John McCain Slams Wealthy Draft Dodgers In Apparent Swipe At Trump

John McCain Slams Wealthy Draft Dodgers In Apparent Swipe At Trump

Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy MORE (R-Ariz.) took what appeared to be a swipe at President Trump during an interview about the Vietnam War on Sunday, criticizing how upper-income Americans were able to obtain a draft deferment for having a "bone spur".

The Vietnam War has been a point of contention between McCain and Trump since the 2016 campaign, when Trump derided McCain's military service, and quipped, "I like people who weren't captured".

"This is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve", the Vietnam war hero said.

As a recent college graduate in 1968, Trump received a diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels, exempting him from military service just a year before hundreds of thousands of Americans were drafted into the armed forces.

The war of words between the senator and the President escalated on Tuesday when Mr Trump replied, "I fight back".

"They were spurs", he told the outlet, although he noted that they were "enough of a problem". But the last deferment, in Fall 1968, was because Trump was diagnosed with a bone spur in the heel of his foot.


McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down in Vietnam, dismissed the prospect of a feud with the president.

McCain's comments come as tensions between him and the commander-in-chief continue to escalate. The young McCain was offered the opportunity to walk free if he would denounce the USA and leave his fellow prisoners behind.

This would not be the first time that the Arizona Republican criticized Trump and made allusions to his 'half-baked spurious nationalism'. The US leader also continued to bemoan Mr McCain's decision to vote against a bill that would have dismantled Obamacare.

McCain was interviewed on C-CPAN3, American TV and talked about the war.

'It really split our society in a way that we sometimes forget.

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