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John McCain takes jab at President Trump over Vietnam deferments

Republican Sen. John McCain, a former Navy pilot and prisoner of war during Vietnam, issued a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump's medical deferments that kept him from serving in the U.S. military during the conflict.

"One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur," McCain told C-SPAN3, American History TV, in an interview about the Vietnam War. "That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve."

McCain never mentions Trump by name in the interview, but the President's deferment because of a bone spur is widely known and the President's family was well off at the time.

Trump received five military draft deferments during the Vietnam War, including one medical deferment after he was diagnosed with bone spurs in his foot.

McCain revisited the topic during an interview Monday morning with ABC's "The View," saying he didn't see Trump "so much a draft dodger, as I feel that the system is so wrong that certain Americans can evade their responsibility to serve the country."

"What I was trying to say is one of the great inequities of the Vietnam conflict is the lowest income Americans went and fought and were drafted, and those who were wealthy enough to get a doctor to say, 'Hey, you've got a bone spur or migraines,' or whatever it is...then they were excused," McCain said.

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