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Podiatrist's Daughters Say He Diagnosed Trump's Bone Spurs as Favor to Fred Trump
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=24110"><span class="small">Daniel Politi, Slate</span></a>   
Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:32

Politi writes: "It turns out all the rumors and speculation may be true after all and President Donald Trump likely never suffered from bone spurs."

The office where Dr. Larry Braunstein practiced podiatry in Jamaica, Queens. His daughters say he came to Donald J. Trump's aid with a diagnosis of bone spurs during the Vietnam draft. (photo: Dave Sanders/The New York Times)
The office where Dr. Larry Braunstein practiced podiatry in Jamaica, Queens. His daughters say he came to Donald J. Trump's aid with a diagnosis of bone spurs during the Vietnam draft. (photo: Dave Sanders/The New York Times)


Podiatrist's Daughters Say He Diagnosed Trump's Bone Spurs as Favor to Fred Trump

By Daniel Politi, Slate

26 December 18

 

t turns out all the rumors and speculation may be true after all and President Donald Trump likely never suffered from bone spurs. Trump famously received a medical exemption from the military during the Vietnam War because he was diagnosed with bone spurs in his heels. But now the daughters of a Queens podiatrist tell the New York Times their late father wrote the diagnosis as a favor to the president’s father, Fred Trump, who was the foot doctor’s landlord. “I know it was a favor,” said Dr. Elysa Braunstein, one of the daughters of Dr. Larry Braunstein, who died in 2007. “It was family lore.” She added that “it was something we would always discuss.” Her sister, Sharon Kessel, also corroborated that account although neither daughter could confirm whether their father had actually examined the president.

There is no documentation to back up the claim, and the daughters openly acknowledge they are Democrats who dislike Trump. The late podiatrist, who was a lifelong Democrat, also apparently wasn’t a big fan of the now-president. Although he once talked about the diagnosis with pride because he had helped a “famous guy,” he later got irritated by Trump’s tabloid persona.

At the time though, it seems Braunstein got a clear benefit from helping his landlord’s son. “What he got was access to Fred Trump,” Elysa Braunstein said. “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately. That was the small favor that he got.”

The daughters say they believe another podiatrist, Dr. Manny Weinstein, also assisted in the diagnosis although his role is not exactly clear. He did live in two apartments in Brooklyn owned by Fred Trump and moved into the first one the same year that Donald Trump received the exemption. Weinstein died in 1995.

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+13 # wilhelmscream 2018-12-26 17:50
I KNEW IT WAS A F*CKING BS LIE! BONE SPURS MY ASS! BIRTHER COMMITS FELONY AND NO ONE CARES! COULDN’T HIDE IN CANADA LIKE EVERYONE ELSE THAT AVOIDED SELECTIVE SERVICE ( btw I was born in 1980 but, I still filled out that card @ the P.O. in 1998)
 
 
0 # jzacksmd 2018-12-26 23:57
A Dr's license is at stake if the Dr falsely reports the health status of a patient. With respect to avoiding the US military draft using falsified information, it is doubtful the President did that since it would ultimately lead to the nullification of his presidency. He should, at the very least, be given an opportunity to have X-Rays taken to prove his spurs exist. Of course, if the claim was falsified, it is questionable if his presidency would survive.
 
 
+3 # Glen 2018-12-27 14:19
We would all like to think Trump would lose the presidency over this, but he wouldn't. George W. didn't lose his presidency over his military lies and going AWOL. Criminals and well led fools very rarely lose.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2018-12-27 20:26
Yes, and this is minor compared to all the other crimes Trump has committed. I don't think Mueller will bother with it.
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2018-12-27 20:25
Nonsense. Back then he was only thinking about getting out of Vietnam, not running for president. And there are no consequences to the doctor if noone knows about it. His daughter waited 'til after his death to spill the beans.
 
 
0 # aDog8myH8 2018-12-27 13:25
No fan of our lying, ignorant president, but I don’t blame anyone for trying to avoid the horror and pointlessness of the Vietnam war.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2018-12-27 20:28
True, if he opposed the war on moral grounds which I don't think is true. He just thoght others should fight for him.
 
 
0 # Glen 2018-12-28 07:07
Correct Ifeuille. Trump has no world view and no compassion and definitely no desire to place himself in a situation he MUST adapt to much less fight with weapons.