John McCain Condemns Donald Trump Over Criticism of Khan Family

John McCain (R-Ariz.) at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in February. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
John McCain (R-Ariz.) at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in February. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Donald Trump drew new criticism from his party Monday for criticizing the Muslim American parents of an U.S. Army soldier who was killed in Iraq. But the Republican presidential nominee refused to back down from his attacks, and a former aide argued that the soldier would still be alive if Trump were president at the time of his service.

The escalations, coming at the start of the general election campaign, were the latest in an exchange that is dominating the presidential race and has frayed Trump’s already delicate alliance with GOP leaders.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a respected figure on national security issues in the GOP, issued a written statement strongly rebuking Trump.

“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents,” said McCain. “He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”

McCain, who has tangled with Trump before, added: “While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.”

Khizr and Ghazala Khan participated in a round of television interviews Monday morning in which they slammed Trump. Khizr Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention last week, with Ghazala at his side. The couple’s son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed by a suicide car bomb in 2004. He was 27.

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SOURCE: Sean Sullivan 
The Washington Post