Trump: Illegals Are Treated Better Than Veterans

By Melanie Arter | September 16, 2015 | 11:10am EDT
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump (AP Photo)

( – GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told supporters at a rally aboard the USS Iowa in Los Angeles on Tuesday that illegal immigrants are treated better than veterans.

“Right now, and you know it, we have illegal immigrants that are treated better by far than our veterans. It’s not gonna happen anymore. It’s not gonna happen,” said Trump.


“I am with the veterans 100 percent. They’re our greatest people. They’re being treated terribly. Not only the number of deaths, which are obviously, that's tantamount – what’s going on is incredible – but as of two weeks ago on Wednesday, the vets had the longest wait in the history of the Veterans Administration,” Trump said.

“You go in and see a doctor. You wait for days, for days, and it’s not going to happen, not going to happen. If I win, believe me, it’s not going to happen,” he pledged.

Veterans hospitals are “not properly run,” Trump said, “and when you have to wait long hours and long days and then in some cases have the doctor say, I’m sorry, I’m going on vacation, believe me, it doesn’t get much worse than that.”

“So we’re gonna create a whole new system,” he added.

Trump proposed giving veterans access to private doctors and hospitals as well as public hospitals, and the doctors would be reimbursed for their care of veterans.

“We’re gonna take this system apart, and if they’re not doing the job, the veterans are going to go to private doctors, private hospitals, public hospitals, and we’re gonna reimburse those doctors and those hospitals, and you’re gonna get the greatest service of any veterans in any country, because you deserve it,” Trump said.

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