Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump never served in the U.S. military, but claims that attending an expensive prep school gave him better military training than some U.S. soldiers received.
In an except from author Michael D’Antonio's upcoming biography, “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success,” Trump said his attendance at the New York Military Academy provided “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military,” reports The New York Times.
"My (draft) number was so incredible and it was a very high draft number," Trump stated. "Anyway, so I never had to do that, but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people.”
In 2011, The Smoking Gun reported that Trump did not serve in Vietnam solely because of his high draft number, but also got several student deferments while in college and a medical deferment after he graduated.
"I had student deferments and ultimately had a medical deferment because of my feet," Trump told The Washington Post in July. "I had a bone spur.”
Trump states in the new biography:
"After the Vietnam War, all those military academies lost ground because people really disrespected the military. They weren’t sending their kids to military school. It was a whole different thing, but in those days — 1964 I graduated — that was a very good thing or tough thing, and it was a real way of life at military academy."
The biography, to be released on Sept. 22, recounts how Trump's father, Fred Trump, a wealthy real estate developer, taught young Donald to “be a killer” and informed him: “You are a king.”
The TV reality star states in the book: “(W)hen I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same. The temperament is not that different.”
“For the most part, you can’t respect people because most people aren’t worthy of respect,” he added.
The billionaire's mentor at the New York Military Academy, Theodore Dobias, referred to him in the book as “a conniver, even then.”
“The little boy that still wants attention,” Marla Maples, the GOP front-runner's second wife, stated in the book.
“He wants to be noticed," Ivana Trump, his first wife added.
“He could not take it, that I could do something better than he did,” Ivana stated while recalling a skiing trip in which she bested him.