Trump: I ‘always felt that I was in the military’ at military school

Trump says his experience at New York Military Academy felt like military training. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump reportedly told the author of a forthcoming biography that while he never served in the military, he “always felt” that he had because he attended a military-themed prep school that gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”

According to the New York Times, which received an advance copy of Michael D’Antonio’s “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success,” the real estate mogul feels his experience at New York Military Academy, a boarding school in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., to being in the military, in part because he wore a uniform and participated in marching drills, and because some of his instructors had served in the military.

Trump, whose parents sent him to the school to curb their son’s chronic bad behavior, graduated from the academy in 1964. Trump then attended Fordham University before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance, where in 1968 he received a medical deferment for the Vietnam draft due to “bone spurs on both heels of his feet,” according to his campaign. “The medical deferment was expected to be short-term and he was therefore entered in the military draft lottery where he received an extremely high number, 356 out of 365,” it says.

“My number was so incredible and it was a very high draft number,” Trump told D’Antonio, according to the Times. “Anyway so I never had to do that, but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people.”

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