The New York Times released a hit piece on Donald Trump early this morning claiming that Trump’s father Fred Trump had one of the tenants in his building sign off on the fact Donald Trump had bone spurs so he didn’t have to serve in Vietnam.
In the fall of 1968, Donald J. Trump received a timely diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels that led to his medical exemption from the military during Vietnam.
For 50 years, the details of how the exemption came about, and who made the diagnosis, have remained a mystery, with Mr. Trump himself saying during the presidential campaign that he could not recall who had signed off on the medical documentation.
Now a possible explanation has emerged about the documentation. It involves a foot doctor in Queens who rented his office from Mr. Trump’s father, Fred C. Trump, and a suggestion that the diagnosis was granted as a courtesy to the elder Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump, center, during his senior year at the New York Military Academy. He would receive a medical exemption from the draft a few years later.CreditFred R. Conrad for The New York Times
The podiatrist, Dr. Larry Braunstein, died in 2007. But his daughters say their father often told the story of coming to the aid of a young Mr. Trump during the Vietnam War as a favor to his father.
“I know it was a favor,” said one daughter, Dr. Elysa Braunstein, 56, who along with her sister, Sharon Kessel, 53, shared the family’s account for the first time publicly when contacted by The New York Times.
Elysa Braunstein said the implication from her father was that Mr. Trump did not have a disqualifying foot ailment. “But did he examine him? I don’t know,” she said.
Of course, what they bury is the fact that they have no actual documentation of this.
No paper evidence has been found to help corroborate the version of events described by the Braunstein family, who also suggested there was some involvement by a second podiatrist, Dr. Manny Weinstein. Dr. Weinstein, who died in 1995, lived in two apartments in Brooklyn owned by Fred Trump; city directories show he moved into the first during the year Donald Trump received his exemption.
Dr. Braunstein’s daughters said their father left no medical records with the family, and a doctor who purchased his practice said he was unaware of any documents related to Mr. Trump. Most detailed government medical records related to the draft no longer exist, according to the National Archives.
Could it have happened? Of course. Does the New York Times have any proof of it happening? Nope.
The bottom line is that the New York Times report fails to prove even the simplest claims. As much as people laugh at the bone spur claim can anyone find a document disproving Trump’s claim that he had it? Of course, they can’t but they’ll claim he’s lying anyway.
Don’t believe these liars. They would print anything just to attack Donald Trump.