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Seth Moulton, an Iraq War veteran, says Trump ‘is not a patriot’

Seth Moulton was in Manchester N.H., on Tuesday, a day after announcing his presidential run.
Seth Moulton was in Manchester N.H., on Tuesday, a day after announcing his presidential run.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seth Moulton, an Iraq War veteran who is running for president, said President Trump ‘‘is not a patriot.’’

Moulton, a Democrat who represents Massachusetts’ 6th District north of Boston, said Sunday on CNN’s ‘‘State of the Union’’ that Trump’s doctor lied to get him out of serving in the Vietnam War. Moulton said twice of Trump, ‘‘He’s not a patriot.’’ Moulton said the president ‘‘used his father’s connections to get a doctor to lie about bone spurs, so he could stay home.’’

The president has never served in the military. He obtained several deferments to avoid going to Vietnam, including one attained with a physician’s letter stating that he suffered from bone spurs in his feet.

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Moulton also said Trump’s friendliness toward Russia and his criticism of the late Sen. John McCain disqualify the president as a patriot.