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Trump on Vietnam Draft Deferments: 'I Think I Am Making Up for It Now'

Ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Morgan asked Trump if he would have liked to have served in the military

U.S. President Donald Trump  speaks to the news media as he departs for travel to Colorado from the White House in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2019
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U.S. President Donald Trump gave his only TV interview while on a state visit to the U.K. to  long-time friend Piers Morgan on “Good Morning Britain.” In the interview Trump addressed his comments prior to the trip in which he referred to Meghan Markle as “nasty” and was grilled by Morgan about his service in Vietnam - amongst a myriad of other topics covered in the 30 minute interview.

Morgan asked Trump explain his comments about Markle. Trump replied, “They said some of the things that she said and It’s actually on tape. And I said: ‘Well, I didn’t know she was nasty;’.

“I wasn’t referring to ‘she’s nasty’. I said she was nasty about me. And essentially I didn’t know she was nasty about me.”

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Ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Morgan asked Trump, who  infamously received five draft deferments during the Vietnam War for bone spurs, if he would have liked to have served if not for his medical problem.

“I would not have minded that at all, I would have been honoured. I think I make up for it now,” Trump responded.

In the interview with Morgan that aired Tuesday, Trump, added, "Well, I was never a fan of that war, I'll be honest with you. I thought it was a terrible war. I thought it was very far away," Trump said. "At that time, nobody had ever heard of the country."

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Trump read a prayer that President Franklin Roosevelt delivered in a radio address June 6, 1944.

Roosevelt gave the prayer as U.S. and allied forces were crossing the English Channel to land on the beaches of Normandy, France. Trump read from the prayer on the stage before veterans and world leaders, including Queen Elizabeth II, gathered to commemorate the anniversary in Portsmouth, England.

Reading from the prayer, Trump said: “Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day, have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization and to set free a suffering humanity.”