President Trump has repeatedly asked why Americans who served in Vietnam went to war

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The president, who has received a proposed bone spur reprieve, suggested in those conversations that Vietnam vets don’t know how to exploit the system to opt out of service.

Men between the ages of 18 and 26 were to serve in the military for 21 months under the project, unless they were given a reprieve. In January 1973, after the United States ended its direct involvement in Vietnam, the United States announced that it was going to a fully voluntary army. In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed a proclamation ending the requirement for men to register for the project.

Trump also generally questioned the value of waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, given his belief that these wars were misguided. The president wondered aloud “what did they get out of it?” The same source told CNN.

The source spoke to CNN after Trump’s categorical denial of a story in The Atlantic magazine on Thursday that he denigrated U.S. servicemen killed in action. CNN has not independently confirmed the Atlantic reports.

Trump categorically denied that he had anything other than the utmost respect for the US military.

“To me, they are heroes,” he said Friday in the Oval Office. “It’s even hard to believe how they could have done it. And I say, the level of courage, and for me, these are absolute heroes. ”

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