President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that he sought to award himself a Medal of Honor, but decided not to after being counseled against the move by aides, reports Politico.
Trump made the remark during his address to the 75th annual national convention of American Veterans, a volunteer-led veterans service organization also known as AMVETS.
At one point, joined on stage by WWII veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, Trump joked that he wouldn’t mind a Medal of Honor of his own.
“Thank you, Woody. You’re looking good, Woody. Woody’s looking good,” Trump said on the stage at The Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky
“That was a big day, Medal of Honor. Nothing like the Medal of Honor,” he continued. “I wanted one, but they told me I don’t qualify, Woody. I said, ‘Can I give it to myself anyway?’ They said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.’”
Amid scattered laughter, Trump continued: “Great, great people. These are great, great men and women that get congressional Medal of Honor. Thank you, Woody.”
During his speech to a veterans group in Kentucky, Trump — seemingly joking but who can be sure — talks about giving himself the Medal of Honor. I'm surprised his bone spurs didn't flare up while doing so. pic.twitter.com/4dPxlSlUl7
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 21, 2019
The president’s assessment that he should receive the nation’s highest award for acts of military valor followed his statement earlier Wednesday afternoon that he is “the chosen one” in relation to his administration’s trade conflict with China — a proclamation he turned to the sky to deliver.
Trump never served in the military and was granted five draft deferments — four for college and one for bone spurs in his heel.