Trump Pens Op-Ed: ‘I Don't Need to Be Lectured'

On Sunday evening Donald Trump wrote an op-ed for USA Today where he touts his record on veterans' issues and claims Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has "made America less safe."

The piece comes amid a firestorm of public shaming as Republicans and Democrats alike criticize Trump for slamming McCain's military service during the Vietnam War while speaking at a campaign event Saturday.

"He's not a war hero," Trump said of McCain at the Iowa Family Leadership Summit. "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

In his op-ed, Trump writes that he "always made supporting veterans a top priority" and if he were to be elected as president he "will build the finest and most modern veterans hospitals in the world. The current medical assistance to our veterans is a disaster."

The business mogul takes a heavy handed swipe at nearly the entire GOP 2016 field, saying: "A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president. I do not need to be lectured by any of them. Many are failed politicians or people who would be unable to succeed in the private sector. Some, however, I have great respect for."

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