Allegations of former President Donald Trump’s dislike for wounded military personnel have resurfaced, drawing attention to his interactions with Army Captain Luis Avila and General Mark Milley. Here’s the whole story.
“Sacrifice, and Dignity of Wounded Soldiers”
The article detailed an incident during General Milley’s 2019 welcome ceremony, where Trump reportedly objected to Captain Luis Avila, a severely wounded soldier, making public appearances.
Avila, a war hero who had completed five combat tours, suffered severe injuries, including the loss of a leg in an IED attack in Afghanistan, two heart attacks, two strokes, and brain damage.
Despite his injuries, Avila was chosen to sing “God Bless America” at the event, as members believed that he “represented the heroism, sacrifice, and dignity of wounded soldiers.”
Trump’s Horrendous Reaction
However, Trump’s reaction appeared to be at odds with this sentiment.
After Avila’s performance, he reportedly congratulated the soldier but later questioned General Milley about the decision to include him.
Trump had asked, “Why do you bring people like that here? No one wants to see that, the wounded.”
Trump had allegedly instructed Milley not to allow Avila to “appear in public again.”
Dismissing War Crimes
Another incident highlighted in the profile involved General Milley attempting to explain the concept of war crimes to Trump.
The discussion arose when Milley reportedly tried to “intervene” in military legal proceedings after Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, now retired, faced charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
“He slit the throat of a wounded prisoner,” Milley said, to which Trump allegedly responded that the prisoner “was going to die anyway.”
“Mr. President, we have military ethics and laws about what happens in battle. We can’t do that kind of thing. It’s a war crime,” Milley replied.
But Trump responded by suggesting that combat soldiers are all “just killers” anyway.
These allegations are not isolated incidents, as Trump has faced previous accusations of displaying insensitivity toward military members.
Military Cemetery “Filled with Losers.”
In 2018, he reportedly canceled a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, where numerous U.S. soldiers are buried, allegedly citing his reluctance to visit because the cemetery was “filled with losers.”
During the same trip, he was also reported to have referred to nearly 2,000 deceased marines as “suckers.”
Several social media users shared their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “A bold statement indeed, particularly from someone who hasn’t walked the path of military service.”
“Never Understand How Vets Can Support Him”
Another user added, “This is why I will never understand how vets can support him. He doesn’t care about them, it would be nice if they would stop voting against their own interests.”
A third user commented, “This is the person they want as our commander in Chief! Wow….. Absolutely ridiculous. Shame on all of his complicit Maga Cult!!!”
A fourth user added, “That’s not true. Not a Trump fan and not a never-Trump-er either. I’ll call it like I see it. That’s nonsense. Judge a man by his actions, not by what others say. And based on this video I’d say he was very supportive of this wounded vet.”
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Source: OK Magazine