Donald Trump: Concocted Heel Spurs


No heel spurs
 
At the height of the Viet Nam war in 1968, 22-year-old Trump was found medically unfit to be drafted, because of one or more heel spurs. In reality, the heel spurs did not exist. They were fraudlently concocted to evade the draft. Under oath, his personal attorney testified to the ruse in 2019, confirming the previous year's revelations from the daughter of the podiatrist who signed the papers. SEE BELOW

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As a college enrollee from 1964-1968 Trump had been protected from the Vietnam War draft. After graduating, he became eligible for the draft on July 9, 1968. Just two months later, he became medically ineligible, on Sept. 17, 1968. MORE

Trump averred in 2016 that "I had a doctor that gave me a letter -- a very strong letter on the heels," continuing that the condition was temporary and that it was "not a big problem, but it was enough of a problem." He did not produce any documentation. 1

Long speculation held that the heel spur diagnosis was a ruse to avoid military service 2. In late 2018 the daughters of a New York podiatrist, Dr. Larry Braunstein, spoke to the New York Times 3:

The doctor's daughters said his role in Mr. Trump's military exemption had long been the subject of discussions among relatives and friends. "It was family lore," said Elysa Braunstein. "It was something we would always discuss."
Dr. Braunstein rented office space from Trump's father, and afterwards received concessions on the rent, according to a podiatry colleague 3.

Speculation turned to fact in early 2019 when Trump's longtime attorney testified as follows, under oath, before Congress and a large television audience:

During the campaign [in 2015-2016] Mr. Trump tasked me to handle the negative press surrounding his medical deferment from the Vietnam draft.

Mr. Trump claimed it was because of a bone spur, but when I asked for medical records, he gave me none and said there was no surgery. He told me not to answer the specific questions by reporters but rather offer simply the fact that he received a medical deferment.

He finished the conversation with the following comment. "You think I'm stupid, I wasn't going to Vietnam" 4.

Cited Sources
  1. Blake, Aaron. McCain hits Trump where it hurts, attacking "bone spur" deferments in Vietnam. (Published 22 Oct. 2017. Downloaded on 2017-10-22.) Available on the web: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/22/mccain-hits-trump-where-it-hurts-attacking-bone-spur-deferments-in-vietnam/
  2. Bump, Philip. The two favors that may have helped Trump avoid fighting in the Vietnam War. (Published 21 Mar. 2016. Downloaded on 2019-12-29.) Available on the web: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/12/26/two-favors-that-may-have-helped-trump-avoid-vietnam-war/
  3. Eder, Steve. Did a Queens Podiatrist Help Donald Trump Avoid Vietnam?. (Published 26 Dec. 2018. Downloaded on 2019-12-29.) Available on the web: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/us/politics/trump-vietnam-draft-exemption.html
  4. Cohen, Michael. Testimony of Michael D. Cohen. U.S. House Of Representatives. Committee On Oversight And Reform. February 27, 2019.

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