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‘Old Bone Spurs is back at it’: Draft-dodging Trump mocked for paying tribute to Vietnam vets

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President Donald Trump on Friday paid tribute to American veterans who served in the Vietnam War — and then got pummeled by Twitter followers who slammed his past history of dodging the draft in the 1960s.

“On this Vietnam War Veterans Day, we celebrate the brave Vietnam Veterans and all of America’s Veterans,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for your service to our great Nation!”

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While this sort of tribute would normally not be controversial, Trump’s actions during the height of the Vietnam War opened him up for ridicule. In particular, Trump received multiple medical deferments from serving in Vietnam due to what one doctor described as “bone spurs” in his foot.

In fact, the daughters of the late Dr. Larry Braunstein, a one-time podiatrist based in Queens, told the New York Times last year that their father helped President Donald Trump escape getting drafted during the Vietnam War by fabricating a diagnosis of bone spurs in his feet.

Given all this, the response to Trump’s tribute to Vietnam vets was swift and merciless — check out some responses below.

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The Arab uprisings were weakened by online fakes

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When Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011, rumours and uncertainty created "panic and hysteria", said ex-activist and entrepreneur Houeida Anouar.

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"If you want emergency relief it is very helpful to be as clear and concise as humanly possible," he explained. "Pointing the court back to your 100+ page complaint with its 29 exhibits isn't how that is best done. To put it very mildly."

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