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Moulton calls Trump a ‘draft dodger,’ faults him for delay in naming VA secretary

Congressman Seth Moulton at Suffolk University in Boston in March.
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Congressman Seth Moulton at Suffolk University in Boston in March.

BOSTON — Congressman Seth Moulton is faulting President-elect Donald Trump for failing to announce a nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The incoming Republican president has nominated appointees to lead most of his Cabinet-level departments and agencies, but has yet to nominate a Veterans Affairs secretary.

The Massachusetts Democrat, who served four tours of duty in Iraq, said the delay shows Trump’s lack of respect for veterans.

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Moulton said the delay should come as no surprise from someone he described as ‘‘a draft dodger who had five deferments during the Vietnam War.’’

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Trump has vowed to overhaul the beleaguered agency and has met with prospective hires to run the VA.

Moulton said Presidents Obama and George W. Bush named their VA appointments in the December before their inaugurations.