US President Barack Obama has rebuked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his comments against the Muslim parents of a slain Army soldier.
Khizr Khan, father of Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in Iraq, criticised Trump over his proposed ban on all Muslims entering the US during a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia five days ago.
In response, Trump tried to belittle Khan and his wife Ghazala by saying that the slain soldier’s father had delivered the entire speech because his mother was not “allowed” to speak.
“No one, no one has given more for our freedom and our security than our Gold Star families,”
Obama said Monday while addressing the Disabled American Veterans’ annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
“They represent the very best of our country,”
the American head of state added.
“And we have to do everything we can for those families, and honor them and be humbled by them.”
Although Obama did not mention Trump’s name or his comments, he still slipped in a jab at the bombastic billionaire by describing the veterans’ organization as
“a group that understands sacrifice.”
Obama’s subtle attacks put him on a long list of bipartisan figures that have condemned Trump’s comments about the Khan family.
A spokesperson for Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House of Representatives, made it clear that Ryan was not on the same page with Trump when it comes to his ideas about Muslims.
Tim Miller, a former communications director for Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, described Trump’s remarks as “inhuman.”
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also used the opportunity to attack Trump, while calling on Americans to stand with the Khans.
Trump brought up the issue once again during a Fox News interview on Monday night, saying the Khan family would still have their son if he was president in 2004.
Humayun Khan, 27, was killed in a 2004 car bombing attack in Iraq and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
“If I were president, his son wouldn’t have died because we wouldn’t be in a war,”
“I wouldn’t have been in the war.”
Additionally, after being accused by Khan of making no sacrifices for his country, the real estate magnate told ABC News that he has made
“a lot of sacrifices for America.”