Donald Trump has long said he was unable to serve in the U.S. military due to bone spurs in his feet that prevented him from passing medical requirements. However, the president’s longtime attorney and ‘fixer,’ Michael Cohen, says that Trump admitted to him that there were no medical records supporting this, and that he had made a conscious decision not to go to Vietnam.
The recent news that Donald Trump reportedly spoke disparagingly of the U.S. military, calling those killed in action ‘losers,’ has led to a widespread re-examining of the president’s other comments about military service, including those that were made publicly and can be proven with video evidence. For example, though the president, in a tweet, denied calling John McCain a loser, there is footage available from 2015 in which he uses that exact word, and says McCain isn’t a hero for his POW status — “I like people who weren’t captured.”
Now something that Michael Cohen told the U.S. House Oversight Committee has resurfaced, and it too supports the depiction of Trump as a man with disdain for military service. According to the Washington Post, Trump and his attorney knew that his presidential campaign would likely raise questions about his lack of military service. Cohen asked for medical records relating to the bone spurs Trump has said prevented him from being draftable.
He gave me none and said there was no surgery.
Cohen says that Trump told him, regarding the alleged physical ailment, “You think I’m stupid, I wasn’t going to Vietnam.”
It’s far from the only claim of Donald Trump’s that Cohen decried as a lie in front of the House Committee — as their own release shows, Cohen said the president lied about Stormy Daniels, campaign funding, negotiations with Moscow, and his own finances.
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