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Army veterans treated worse than those in US illegally: Trump

world Updated: May 31, 2016 10:43 IST

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump told a Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally on Sunday that the government often takes better care of people in the US illegally than the nation’s military veterans.

“We’re not going to allow that to happen any longer,” Trump told supporters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Trump did not back up his assertion. Congress and many states have written an assortment of laws and policies designed to restrict government services to people in the country illegally.

Nonetheless, the Rolling Thunder crowd, dedicated to remembering prisoners of war and those missing in action, cheered. It was a sign, perhaps, that some veterans groups are stepping past their anger over Trump’s comments last year in which he said he likes “people who weren’t captured” in wars. That had been a dig at Arizona Sen. John McCain, who had been captured and held for more than five years during the Vietnam War. Trump claimed that McCain was a “war hero because he was captured”. Trump has refused to apologize to McCain.

First Published: May 31, 2016 08:26 IST