Tuesday 18 June 2019

Daughters claim foot doctor father helped Trump dodge Vietnam draft

US president Donald Trump (AP)
US president Donald Trump (AP)

Clark Mindock

Daughters of a New York foot doctor say they are not sure if their father ever actually examined Donald Trump before giving him a diagnosis that exempted him from joining the military during the Vietnam War.

They also say the diagnosis of bone spurs may have been a favour to the president’s father. The claims are according to a report in ‘The New York Times’, in which daughters of the late podiatrist Larry Braunstein say that they know of the relationship with the Trumps as “family lore”. They say the diagnosis was a favour to their landlord Fred Trump, who owned the Queens office where their father practised medicine.

“I know it was a favour,” Elysa Braunstein told the newspaper. Her father died in 2007, and the Trump family sold the building in 2004. “What he got was access to Fred Trump,” Ms Braunstein continued. “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately.”

‘The New York Times’ was not able to find paper evidence to back up the claims, such as medical records. The daughters are Democrats, and admit that they are not fans of the president. Their father “grew tired” of Mr Trump when he became a celebrity, they said.

Mr Trump has been criticised frequently for his bone spurs diagnosis, which allowed him to avoid the war in Vietnam even though his physical exam showed him to be healthy otherwise.

The future president also had four education deferments.

The White House has not responded to the allegations.

Irish Independent

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