President Donald Trump, who avoided the military draft 5 times, said on Wednesday that Americans who don’t “want to fight for our country” can leave.
“If people want to leave our country they can, if they don’t want to love our country, if they don’t want to fight for our country they can. I’ll never change on that no,“ Trump told reporters as he departed the White House to travel to attend a campaign rally in North Carolina.
President Trump received five deferments from service in the Vietnam War — four for education and one for a diagnosis of bone spurs, according to NBC News.
Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, told the House Oversight Committee in February that Trump had told him “there was no surgery” and “You think I’m stupid? I wasn’t going to Vietnam.”
“I do think I’m winning the political fight. I think I’m winning it by a lot. I think that they are not espousing the views of our country, the four congresswoman. I think that they’ve said horrible things that the press doesn’t cover,” Trump also said on Wednesday.
“When you look at some of the things they’ve said, they’re unthinkable. If somebody else, or me, or anybody else said things like that it would be historic,” Trump added.
Trump said that he was “not relishing” the fight with democratic congresswoman saying that he’s “enjoying it because I have to get the word out to the American people.”
“I’m not relishing the fight. I’m enjoying it because I have to get the word out to the American people. And you have to enjoy what you do. I enjoy what I do,” Trump told reporters on the south lawn.
“It’s not a question of relishing. They’re wrong. They’re absolutely wrong. That’s not where our country wants to be. We’re not going to go and we’re not going to be a socialist country. It’s not going to happen,” Trump continued.