After two former presidents took what many considered veiled swipes at President Donald Trump in recent speeches, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., appeared to criticize Trump’s Vietnam War draft deferments in a CSPAN interview that aired Sunday.
“One aspect of the 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,” said McCain, who was tortured for years as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967.
“That is wrong,” McCain said. “That is wrong.”
As NBC News reported, Trump received multiple deferments during the Vietnam-era draft. One of them was for bone spurs in his foot.
Without mentioning his name, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama also made comments interpreted as critiques of the current president, The New York Times reported.
In a pair of Thursday speeches, Bush denounced the current “isolationist sentiments” and Obama lamented what he called the “politics of division.”