On Wednesday, President Donald Trump spoke at 75th annual national convention of American Veterans (AMVETS), a veterans service organization. During his address, Trump praised Woody Williams, a WWII veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor. Then, he made the offhand remark that he wanted to give himself a Medal of Honor, though was advised against it by his aides.
The AMVETS event was held in Louisville, Kentucky, according to a report by Politico. During his address, Trump congratulated this year’s Silver Helmet award recipients. He specifically praised Williams, though also made mention of his desire to receive a Medal of Honor.
“Thank you, Woody,” said Trump. “You’re looking good, Woody. Woody’s looking good.”
“That was a big day, Medal of Honor,” Trump continued. “Nothing like the Medal of Honor.”
“I wanted one, but they told me I don’t qualify, Woody,” Trump added. “I said, ‘Can I give it to myself anyway?’ They said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.’”
Some of the attendees chuckled at Trump’s remark. Trump then concluded his address, stating, “Great, great people. These are great, great men and women that get congressional Medal of Honor. Thank you, Woody.”
Trump’s statements regarding his desire to receive the Medal of Honor followed one made earlier on Wednesday where Trump referred to himself as “the chosen one” in regards to the Trump administration’s trade conflict with China. When he made the statement, Trump pointed toward the sky.
During the AMVETS event, Trump also signed a memorandum for the cancelation of student loan debt for tens of thousands of disabled veterans.
“Nobody can complain about that, right?” said Trump. “The debt of these disabled veterans will be entirely erased. It will be gone. They can sleep well tonight.”
“Veterans … who have made such enormous sacrifices for our country should not be asked to pay any more,” he added.
Trump has never been a member of the armed forces. In total, he was granted five draft deferments, four of which were for college and the fifth for bone spurs in one of his heels.