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McCain Slams Trump's Privileged 'Bone Spur' Deferments From the Vietnam War

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In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., receives the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia
In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., receives the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in PhiladelphiaCredit: Photo/Matt Rourke, File
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John McCain hit back at President Trump in the latest round of an ongoing fued between the two leaders of the Republican Party. During a C-SPAN interview about the Vietnam War, in which McCain fought and was held as a prisoner of war, the senator from Arizona slammed upper-income Americans who were able to obtain a draft deferment for having a “bone spur,” while poorer Americans had no choice but to fight.

“One aspect of the (Vietnam) 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 that they had a bone spur,” McCain said. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”

During the war, Donald Trump received a total of five deferments from the draft due to heel spurs and bone protrusions.

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