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Donald Trump ‘faked’ injury to avoid Vietnam draft, Buttigieg claims

Seth McLaughlin The Washington TimesMay 23, 2019

Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender and U.S. Navy veteran, accused President Trump Thursday of pretending to have an injury in order to avoid serving in the Vietnam War, saying the commander-in-chief manipulated the system to get a diagnosis that allowed him to skip the war forcing the nation to send someone else in his place.

“I have a pretty dim view of his decision to use his privileged status to fake a disability in order to avoid serving in Vietnam,” Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., said at a Washington Post event.

Mr. Trump received a medical exemption from the military in 1968 after being diagnosed with bone spurs in his heels. It led to the first of five military deferments four of which were for education.

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