- Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, has said there is “no question” that President Donald Trump faked a disability to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.
- Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who served in Afghanistan with the Navy Reserve, has been critical of Trump’s decisions related to the military.
- He also criticised Trump for considering pardons for troops accused and convicted of war crimes.
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In an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said there was “no question” that President Donald Trump faked a disability to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.
“There is no question, I think, to any reasonable observer that the president found a way to falsify a disabled status, taking advantage of his privileged status in order to avoid serving,” he said.
“You have somebody who thinks it’s all right to let somebody go in his place into a deadly war and is willing to pretend to be disabled in order to do it. That is an assault on the honour of this country.”
Buttigieg previously surfaced the rebuke in a recent Washington Post interview.
Trump received an exemption from serving in Vietnam because of a letter from a doctor that said he had bone spurs in his heels.
Before becoming mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg was deployed to Afghanistan while serving in the US Navy Reserve.
In the same interview Sunday, Buttigieg criticised Trump over reports the president was considering pardons for troops accused and convicted of war crimes.
“The idea that being sent to war turns you into a murderer is exactly the kind of thing that those of us who have served have been trying to beat back for more than a generation,” Buttigieg said.
Troops are protected “morally and physically,” he said, by knowing that “if anybody in uniform does commit a crime, they will be held accountable.”
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