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Trump Wanted to Give Himself the Medal of Honor but Aides Advised Against It

Donald Trump on Wednesday told a Medal of Honor recipient that he wanted to award himself the accolade but was advised that he didn’t “qualify.”

Trump made an appearance in Louisville, Kentucky today to recognize Medal of Honor recipient and World War II veteran Woody Williams at the AMVETS’s 75th annual convention. During the president’s address at the event, he praised the recipient’s physical appearance, before then saying that he also “wanted” a Medal of Honor.

“Thank you, Woody. You’re looking good, Woody. Woody’s looking good,” Trump said. “That was a big day, Medal of Honor. Nothing like the Medal of Honor.”

“I wanted one, but they told me I don’t qualify, Woody. I said, ‘Can I give it to myself anyway?'” the president continued, prompting laughter from the audience. “They said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.'”

Trump then added: “Great, great people. These are great, great men and women that get congressional Medal of Honor. Thank you, Woody.”

The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious military decoration that can be awarded to service members in the U.S. It is often presented to those who have distinguished themselves through remarkable acts of valor.

Trump doesn’t qualify for the accolade because he has never served in the military. The former businessman was allowed five draft deferments during the Vietnam War, one for bone spurs and four more for college.

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