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Biden: Trump ‘completely uninformed’ on veterans and PTSD

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Vice President Joe Biden chastised Donald Trump Monday for his comments about veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), calling the GOP presidential nominee “thoroughly and completely uninformed.” 

{mosads}Many have interpreted remarks Trump made Monday about veterans and PTSD as a slight, though the campaign insists his comments were misrepresented by the media. 

“Where in the hell is he from?” Biden asked at a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton in Sarasota, Fla. 

“I don’t think he was trying to be mean. He is just so thoroughly, completely uninformed.”

Biden, who said he has been “in and out” of Afghanistan and Iraq more than 29 times, said the U.S. has only one sacred obligation and that is to “care for those we send to war and to care for them and their family when they come home.” 

“What are the chances Trump honors commitment to those who are wounded?

“It’s not just that he doesn’t get it. He doesn’t want to find out,” Biden added.

Discussing mental health problems, Trump said: “When people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what people in this room have seen many times over — and you’re strong and you can handle it — but a lot of people can’t handle it and they see horror stories.”

He later added: “We are losing so many great people who could be taken care of if they had proper care.”

Trump’s remarks were received warmly by the veterans at the town hall event moderated by Christian leader Tony Perkins.

But the phrasing he used, describing some veterans being “strong” and able to “handle it” provoked backlash, as media outlets ran with headlines that Trump had suggested that if you suffer from PTSD, it’s because you are weak.

His remarks provoked backlash from some media outlets and both Democratic and Republican politicians. 

The Trump campaign later released a statement accusing the media of misrepresenting his words. 

“The media continues to operate as the propaganda arm of Hillary Clinton as they took Mr. Trump’s words out of context in order to deceive voters and veterans — an appalling act that shows they are willing to go to any length to carry water for their candidate of choice,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a top Trump surrogate said in a statement. 

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