Achilles' Heel: McCain Attacks Trump Over Vietnam War Deferments

Oct. 18 Sen. Mc Cain speaks to reporters as he arrives for a vote on Capitol Hill

The senator criticized wealthy Americans who "found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur" - the exact diagnosis Trump received in 1968.

"To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of global leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems", he said, "is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other exhausted dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history".

During the Vietnam War, Trump had obtained four educational deferments before graduating from college.

The Hill said that McCain was speaking to C-SPAN3's "American History TV" when he said that his main regret about the Vietnam draft was that it disproportionately affected poor Americans who couldn't afford to buy their way out of serving. One was a medical deferment after he was diagnosed with bone spurs in his foot.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has found the feud between Republican Senator John McCain and Donald Trump laughable, according to the New York Times. Last week, in a speech at the National Constitution Center, the Arizona senator warned that the U.S. is turning toward "half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems".

When asked about the speech the following day, Trump said: "People have to be careful, because at some point I fight back".

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The Vietnam War has been invoked before in a long-simmering battle between Trump and McCain. I'm being very, very nice.

"He's not a war hero", Trump said in July 2015.

During the presidential campaign, Trump went after McCain's history of military service.

McCain's remarks come amid a growing chorus of concern over President Trump's leadership from both sides of the political aisle.

In an interview broadcast Sunday on C-SPAN, McCain spoke on the 50 anniversary of his being shot down over North Vietnam - an event that led to his capture by communist forces and a five-and-a-half-year stay in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison.

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