Vietnam draft avoider Donald Trump condemned by veterans for wearing military outfitBreaking News
tags: Vietnam War, Trump, Draft deferral
Donald Trump has been criticised by veterans for donning a military style bomber jacket and cap while visiting a Navy ship, despite receiving five deferments to avoid serving in Vietnam.
Speaking in Virginia, the President promised to expand the US Navy to 12 carriers before an audience of sailors on the new USS Gerald R Ford.
But some critics accused Mr Trump of ‘cosplaying’ as a military man and highlighted his five deferrals from the conflict in the sixties.
Mr Trump told an audience of sailors and shipbuilders: “You know what; they just gave me this beautiful jacket. They said, ‘Here Mr President, please take this home.’”
“I said, ‘Let me wear it,’ and then they gave me the beautiful hat and I said, ‘You know, maybe I’ll do that’. We have a great ‘Make America great again’ hat but I said, ‘This is a special day, we’re wearing this, right?’”