Seth Meyers: How Trump has failed on his promise to help veterans

On Tuesday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the host used his “The Check In” segment to once again criticise President Donald Trump, but this time for an issue that’s getting less attention than some others: poor treatment of veterans. 

The segment started with some clips of Trump bragging about his support of veterans during his campaign. Lines include “I love those vets” and “there’s nobody better at the military than I am.”

Before getting into the criticism of Trump’s impact on veterans, Meyers gave the president “serious credit” for donating over a million dollars to building a Vietnam Memorial in New York  City, which was completed in 1985. Meyers even gave him another compliment when addressing Trump’s concern with the Department of Veterans Affairs:

“Throughout his campaign, Trump constantly brought attention to problems at the [Department of Veterans Affairs], specifically how poorly it is run. And he’s right about that. One of the main problems at the VA is that many departments — including VA hospitals — are chronically understaffed. But one of Trump’s first moves as president was to put a freeze on federal hiring,” Meyers said.

Then Meyers dove right into the negative effects that Trump’s inauguration day hiring freeze has had on veterans.

“Veterans get preference when it comes to federal hiring in general. And according to advocacy groups, several veterans have already had job interviews canceled or postponed,” Meyers said.

Meyers told the story of a 30-year-old veteran who was supposed to start work at a government agency, but thanks to the hiring freeze, the start date was postponed “indefinitely.” After trying to follow through on a definitive start date, the verteran was told, “There’s nothing we can do.”

Meyers then suggested that Trump is signing executive orders without thinking about consequences and leaving “a trail of chaos.” 

You can watch the Seth Meyers segment below: 


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