Former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, John Podesta, called President Donald Trump a “draft dodger” Sunday, but Podesta himself managed to escape serving in the Vietnam War.
“But I think what the real issue is, is how he’s reacted to that,” Podesta told CBS’s “Face The Nation” Sunday in reference to the president’s response to Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. “And in that context, if we’re — if this is information warfare, then I think he’s the first draft dodger in the war.”
Podesta’s draft-dodging comment was in reference to what he thinks is the president’s dereliction of duty to acknowledge Russian interference.
It’s interesting the former presidential chief of staff used the term “draft dodger” to describe the person sitting in the Oval Office, given the fact his former boss used a variety of methods to avoid serving in Vietnam. Podesta graduated high school in 1967 during the war, but he also somehow managed to not serve.
Another thing to note in Podesta’s comments is he appears to be claiming the U.S. is in an active “information” war with Russia.
The president responded to special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments Friday of Russian agents who attempted to interfere with the 2016 election.
“We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful. It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions. We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections,” Trump said in a statement Friday.
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