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NY Times Runs Unsubstantiated Story Saying Doctor Faked Trump’s Bone Spur Diagnosis

Read the story carefully. It all sounds pretty hazy and unsubstantiated.

Not that I’ve heard of too many people with a bone spur diagnosis who weren’t dodging the draft.

From the New York Times:

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.

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.

For decades, Dr. Braunstein saw patients in a congested ground-floor office below Edgerton Apartments in Jamaica, Queens, one of dozens of buildings owned by the Trumps in the 1960s. The family sold the building in 2004, records show.

“What he got was access to Fred Trump,” Elysa Braunstein said. “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.”

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.

18 Responses to NY Times Runs Unsubstantiated Story Saying Doctor Faked Trump’s Bone Spur Diagnosis

  1. More lies that pass as “news”
    If I recall correctly, both Trump & Ozero had college deferments and draft numbers were never called.
    Always the possibility that my memory is wrong.
    Heck, I may have read that here.
    I care more that Trump puts catsup on his steak than his bone spurs.

    • About that catsup on the steak: Millions of steak lovers use A-1 or some kind of steak sauce. The list of ingredients that make up A-1 is astonishingly long.
      Catsup is just a little brother of A-1.

      • Psssst.
        Don’t tell anyone, but I do like to put a squish of catsup with the juices of my broiled steak or chops.
        A little trick I learned from my two fave tv chefs, Martin Yan and Jaque Pepin.
        I was surprised to see recipes that use a little catsup.

    • That’s something I can’t forgive Trump for. A ‘well done’ (overcooked steak) and then topped with ketchup! It’s a cardinal sin. :-)
      If he ordered that in Argentina during the G20, he would’ve been thrown out of the restaurant- medium rare with chimichurri sauce or get out!!!

    • The pattern with the left: Post some innuendo and let the brown shirts take if from there. Then cry “freedom of the press” when someone questions the responsibility of their actions.

  2. Their not so clever and not so subtle attempt to alienate the Trump base isn’t going to work.
    Oh look, they say, Trump is a draft dodger, not a supporter of the military and he’s a fraud.

    The MSM/Dem/Haters didn’t like that the Cadets and Midshipmen cheered loudly when MrTrump was introduced at the Army-Navy football game. They grit their teeth every time he voices his support, both morally and financially, for a greater military.
    We’d like to think that they are finally scraping the bottom of the scandal-barrel and might actually just give it a rest for a few moments. We can hope, can’t we.

  3. Isn’t worthy of a response. Let’s see, George W. Bush allegedly got favoritism; Bill Clinton never served; Barack Obama never served. Going forward it is entirely likely that we will have Presidents that never served in the military. What a nonstory.

    • Bush volunteered to go to Vietnam under a special program set up to alleviate the Air Force’s pilot shortage. Johnson and Nixon refused to make a mass call up of Air National Guard units. (Johnson made a limited call up in early 68). So the Air Force asked for ANG qualified pilots to volunteer. Bush looked into the program (“Palace Alert”) and was told he didn’t have the required minimum of 500 flight hours to qualify. The program was also wound down as the F-102 was being withdrawn from front line service in Southeast Asia.

      As for Obama – he is two years older than me so he would have been subject to registration for the draft that was started by Carter after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. When I turned 26, I got a letter from Selective Service saying I was no longer subject to induction (I was in the USAF from 1981-94 so it was a moot point). I want to see Obama’s letter. It would put all this birth certificate stuff to rest once and for all. However, if he was registered as a foreign student or (more likely) didn’t register.

      If the NYT is going to bitch about Trump’s 50 year old medical deferment then they can ask The Dear Leader for his Selective Service registration letter.

      (crickets, crickets, crickets)

  4. Bill Clinton actually received an induction notice in the summer of 1969. He worked out a deal with his draft board to receive a 1-D classification (student taking military training) based on his promise to enroll in ROTC at the University of Arkansas. However, the only way to get a 1-D exemption was to be CURRENTLY ENROLLED in ROTC which Clinton was not.

    Draft calls for the last three months of 1969. On December 1 the lottery numbers were drawn for Draft Year 1970. Clinton’s number was 311 making it unlikely that he would be drafted.

    After receiving his lottery number, Clinton writes the ROTC detachment commander and tells them to jam it.

    The press conveniently whitewashed all of this in 1992.

    • I meant the first sentence in the second paragraph to read “Draft calls for the last three months of 1969 were suspended to prepare for the lottery.”

  5. In 2004 Howard Dean admitted he had a doctor who was a family friend write a letter saying he had a medical condition that disqualified him from the draft. Unlike Bill Clinton who lied about his deferments and led protests outside the American embassy in London.