Disparaging comments, advocacy reflect Trump's ambivalence toward military



WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump laid the groundwork in 1999 to run for president as the Reform Party candidate, he made a little-remembered attack on the person he saw as a rival in a possible general election campaign: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Many considered McCain a war hero for surviving five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and a television interviewer asked why Trump felt he was more qualified to be commander in chief. “Does being captured make you a hero? I don’t know. I’m not sure,” Trump said in the CBS interview. A few years earlier, Trump had bragged on a morning radio show about avoiding the Vietnam draft, remarking that one of the show’s hosts who had gotten out of service...

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