Donald Trump claims to love the military so much but he dodged the Vietnam draft five times claiming he had sore feet.
Also, Trump refusing to visit U.S troops in combat zones, breaking another presidential tradition.
A visit from the president isn’t just a sign of respect, though. It can significantly bolster the troops’ morale. As Gregg Zoroya writes in USA Today:
Troops serving in combat speak of a shared, nagging sense that, apart from family and friends, most Americans back home seem oblivious or have forgotten that U.S. military members are still risking their lives overseas. But this sentiment melts away for the moment when the commander in chief comes calling.
Groups like VoteVets are also not happy about his refusal to visit troops:
“First off, Donald Trump’s been avoiding combat zones since 1964 when he got his first draft deferment.” – @will_c_fischer , VoteVets Director of Government Relations and an Iraq War veteran, on @potus not visiting troops stationed overseas. https://t.co/Iofe1rVXY5
— VoteVets (@votevets) January 10, 2018
Obama visited Afghanistan only three months after the inauguration, and three more times throughout his presidency. He, like many presidents before him, showed the utmost respect for the people protecting our country.
In contrast, Donald Trump talked and joke while the “Retreat” bugle call played in a hangar in an Air National Guard base in Pennsylvania—while he was being interviewed by Fox News’ Sean Hannity for a puff piece.
Instead of taking one of his hundreds of golf trips, the president should visit U.S troops in combat zones.