Donald Trump Angers Military Veterans With His Inappropriate Military Attire

Twitter suggests Trump is "cosplaying as a military man"

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Donald Trump has upset military veterans by wearing a flight jacket and an admiral's cap during a visit of a new aircraft carrier in West Virginia.

The US president was criticised for the military attire in part because he received five deferments from the Vietnam war back in his youth - four for university, and one for "heel spurs".

The green bomber jacket and baseball cap were gifts from the crew, and personalised with "POTUS 45" on the back.

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Following his tour of the USS Gerald R Ford aircraft, Trump told crew members (via The Guardian): "They said, 'Here Mr. President, take this home.' I said, 'Let me wear it,'.

"And then they gave me the beautiful hat, and I said, 'You know? Maybe I'll do that.'

"We have a great 'Make America Great Again' hat, but I said, 'This is a special day, we're wearing this.' I have no idea how it looks, but I think it looks good. It's a great-looking hat, just like this is a great-looking ship."

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His decision to wear it prompted a surge of anger and criticism on Twitter from broadcasters and military veterans.

Author and political broadcaster Joy Reid tweeted: "Trump - who got five deferments from Vietnam - is currently cosplaying as a military man, complete with hat and jacket."

Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush have previously also come under fire for donning military attire.

Trump upset Vietnam veterans last year when he insulted Senator John McCain (via The Telegraph) by saying: "I like people who weren't captured."