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

John McCain hit back at President Trump in the latest round of an ongoing fued between the two leaders of the Republican Party

In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., receives the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia
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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.