Trump reportedly wanted to know why a wounded veteran had been invited to perform “God Bless America” at the event, wrote Goldberg, who spent time with Milley for the piece.
At the event, then-President congratulated and hugged U.S. Army Capt. Luis Avila, a veteran of five combat tours who lost a leg while deployed to Afghanistan.
But Trump then told Milley, who leaves his role on October 1: “Why bring people like that here? Nobody wants to see that, the wounded.”
Trump told Milley that Avila would not be welcome at future public events.
Trump’s attitude “struck Milley as superficial, callous and repulsive on the deepest human level,” Goldberg wrote.
That should come as no surprise, considering Trump has a long history of making derogatory, insulting and insulting comments about veterans – from allegedly describing fallen U.S. troops as “losers” and “idiots” to his criticism of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was tortured during the Vietnam War as a “damned loser”.
Trump never served in the U.S. military, instead being deferred five times to avoid being drafted into Vietnam.
However, he said his own personal Vietnam was about avoiding contracting sexually transmitted diseases.