Donald Trump has never been in the military, but says he has more military training than "a lot of the guys" who have.
Trump gave extensive interviews to Pulitzer Prize-winnng reporter Michael D’Antonio for a new biography, “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success,” to be released Sept. 22. The New York Times reported excerpts of the 2016 Republican candidate's comments in an article published Tuesday.
Trump said that he's “always felt that I was in the military” because he went to New York Military Academy, a military-themed boarding school. Trump's parents sent him to the expensive preparatory school to correct poor behavior when he was younger.
The billionaire businessman's time at New York Military Academy gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military," Trump reportedly told D'Antonio.
The comment comes after other remarks the current Republican presidential candidate has made about the military, including the suggestion that Sen. John McCain is "a war hero because he was captured."
“He’s not a war hero...He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured," Trump said of McCain, a decorated war veteran who was imprisoned for years during the Vietnam War.
Still, Trump has said repeatedly on the campaign trail that he will fight for military veterans and reform the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs, which has been at the center of ongoing national debate for months.
(H/T: New York Times)
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