Trump Received Multiple Draft Deferments, Contrary To His Explanation For Not Serving
Donald Trump claimed in 2011 that he’ll “never forget” being at Wharton and watching the military draft where his high number kept him out of Vietnam. Only, the draft took place a-year-and-a-half after he left the University of Pennsylvania, and he got out of Vietnam because of multiple deferments.
Back in 2011, when Trump first considered a run at the White House before the 2012 election between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, The Smoking Gun shredded his ambiguous story about having a “high draft number” to shreds when they found and published his multiple deferment records. Turns out Trump received four student deferments and one medical release from serving in the military at the time, according to records and not his memory of the time:
In fact, the December 1969 draft lottery occurred about 18 months after Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied business at the Wharton School. So, while claiming that he would “never forget” being at Wharton watching the draft numbers being drawn, the 64-year-old Trump seems to have misremembered, as candidates are fond of saying.
Almost immediately after Trump’s McCain gaff on Saturday, reporters pointed out the presidential candidates own lack of service and his record of multiple draft deferments. However, as vocal as Trump was about how little he thought of McCain’s status as a military veteran and career politician, he had little to say about himself, according to theWashington Post:
Asked why he didn’t serve, Trump said, “I had student deferments and ultimately had a medical deferment because of my feet. I had a bone spur.” But Trump said he did not recall which foot was injured and instructed reporters to look up his records.