Donald Trump has declared a national prisoner of war recognition day in the US – in spite of once mocking an opponent by saying: “Heroes don’t get captured”.
Mr Trump made his comments about Republican rival, Senator John McCain when he was campaigning for the party’s nomination for the Presidency in 2015.
During an interview in Iowa, the presenter said Mr McCain was a “war hero” to which Mr Trump replied: “He’s not a hero… He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK? I hate to tell you that.”
The remarks, made at the Family Leadership Summit, caused a storm of protest at the time.
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Mr McCain, a former Navy pilot, spent five and a half years in a notorious Vietnamese prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton” where he was repeatedly tortured and spent years in solitary confinement.
Mr Trump, who avoided serving in Vietnam with four college deferrals and one for having a foot problem, put out a statement to announce that 9 April will be the date of this year’s National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day .There is already a day to honour those currently captured or missing in action in September.
Using his powers of presidential proclamation, he said: “On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, America honours our service men and women imprisoned during war. These patriots have moved and inspired our nation through their unyielding sacrifices and devout allegiance.
“We honour the strength through adversity of all of these heroes from our Nation’s wars and…
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