Many years into the Vietnam War, Donald Trump received a medical diagnosis that has made zero sense to anyone with a knowledge of his athleticism as a youth. Trump was a fit young man who played sports, this includes his time at the New York Military Academy, which is when he received a diagnosis of bone spurs that kept him from being drafted to the ongoing struggle in Vietnam.
Now, the children of the doctor who handed down that diagnosis are saying that the permission slip Trump received to skip the war was likely a complete sham, and nothing more than a favor to Fred Trump, the landlord of the building in which the doctor’s practice was stationed in Queens, NY.
According to the NY Times:
“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.”
“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.”
This all took place in 1968, when Donald was facing near certain death, as were all the innocent young men who were forced to go to war and couldn’t afford to bribe a doctor into a false diagnosis.
Elysa Braunstein is a daughter of the late podiatrist. She says that her father implicated to his family that young Trump did not, in fact, have any ailments, but that the deed was carried out as a favor to the wealthy real estate tycoon.
The Times reveals why exactly the doctor would have taken Fred Trump up on his offer.
Elysa Braunstein said this:
“What he got was access to Fred Trump. If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately. That was the small favor that he got.”
NY Times reports that:
“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.”
The children of the doctor never found a paper trail, or even a single sheet to prove that this deal was negotiated, and the person who took over the Braunstein’s practice after his death in 1995 is also unaware of any documents that could prove that the current president of the United States purposely lied and bribed a doctor to get out of serving his country.
The president has spoken of his deferments multiple times in the press, and every single time, he made sure not to draw a personal connection to the doctor and his father, Fred Trump. Donald has even claimed to still have the paperwork that his father sent to draft officials, however, no one has ever seen it.
The report claims:
“An investigation by The Times in October showed the extent to which Fred Trump had assisted his son over the years, despite Donald Trump’s insistence to the contrary. The investigation revealed that Mr. Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million from his father’s real estate empire, including the equivalent of $200,000 a year by age 3.”
The sons of many wealthy businessmen in the 1960’s often found ways around being drafted with the poor, but this is something the president has always claimed his father had no part in. He assures the media that he did, in fact, have bone spurs, and that that ailment alone is the reason he wasn’t allowed to serve.
Trump said this about it in 2014:
“I didn’t have power in those days,. I had no power. My father was a Brooklyn developer, so it wasn’t like today.”
Dr. Alec Hochstein worked with Braunstein in the 1990’s, and he remembers hearing the podiatrist gush about what great friends the Trumps had been to him, and all the shortcuts they allowed him to take that kept him in business for decades.
Hochstein said this:
“He spoke very highly of the Trumps, and they were very open to negotiating with him and letting him stay in the space at a rent he was comfortable with.”
Below is a copy of Trump’s draft card:
The Times is quoted saying:
“Beginning in October 1968, records show, Mr. Trump had a 1-Y classification, a temporary medical exemption, meaning that he could be considered for service only in the event of a national emergency or an official declaration of war, neither of which occurred during the conflict in Vietnam. In 1972, after the 1-Y classification was abolished, his status changed to 4-F, a permanent disqualification.”
“[Braunstein] said her father was initially proud that he had helped a “famous guy” in New York real estate. But later, her father, a lifelong Democrat who had served in the Navy during World War II, grew tired of Donald Trump as he became a fixture in the tabloid gossip pages and a reality television star, she said. The daughters, both Democrats, say they are not fans of Mr. Trump.”