Throughout his 2016 presidential campaign and even up until the current day, President Trump has been mocked heavily by those on the left for his Vietnam deferment. The deferment, which came as a result of a diagnosis with ‘bone spurs’ in his feet, allowed the president to avoid serving in the deadly and controversial war.
Now, new information discovered by The New York Times suggests that the president was able to get an exemption from service because of a favor that one, or perhaps two, New York doctors provided to his father Fred Trump.
According to the family members of a former New York podiatrist, Dr. Larry Braunstein, Trump’s exemption came from Dr. Braunstein, who was a tenant of Fred Trump. While Dr. Braunstein died over 11 years ago, his daughters claim that he often told a story about how he came to a young Donald Trump’s aid as part of a favor to his landlord Fred Trump.
Dr. Braunstein had rented an office from Fred Trump on the bottom floor of a building, beneath the Edgerton Apartments in Jamaica, Queens.
“I know it was a favor,” explained one of Dr. Braunstein’s daughters, Elysa Braunstein. “What he got was access to Fred Trump. If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately. That was the small favor that he got,” she continued.
While there is no paper trail suggesting that Dr. Braunstein had used his position as a respected podiatrist in order to appease his landlord and excuse Donald Trump from being drafted into Vietnam, both of Braunstein’s daughters seem certain that this was the case. Additionally, Braunstein’s family also suggested that a second doctor was involved in the bone spur diagnosis — Dr. Manny Weinstein. Like Braunstein, Weinstein also had connections to Mr. Trump. He happened to move into a Fred Trump-owned property the same year that Donald Trump received his exemption, and later rented a second apartment from Mr. Trump.
While we may never know the complete circumstances surrounding Donald Trump’s draft deferment, Bernstein’s family appears to be certain that it wasn’t an honorable one.