Donald Trump released a statement on Sunday clarifying his position on late Captain Humayun Khan and his parents.
The statement came after Trump took tremendous backlash for a clip of the comments he made to George Stephanopoulos, in which he took issue with Khan’s father, Khizr Khan’s, remarks at the Democratoc National Convention where he said Trump had “sacrificed nothing and no one.”
“Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s script writers write it?” Trump told Stephanopoulos. “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.”
After being pounded by press and pundits for his comments, the Republican presidential nominee released the following statement, along with the full transcript of his comments to Stephanopoulos.
Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorists who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country to do us further harm. Given the state of the world today, we have to know everything about those looking to enter our country, and given the state of chaos in some of these countries, that is impossible. While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things. If I become President, I will make America safe again.
Further, Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for her central role in destabilizing the Middle East. She voted to send the United States to war against Iraq, helped lead the disastrous withdrawal of American troops years later that created the vacuum allowing the rise of ISIS, and has never met a regime change she didn’t like (which have all been disasters) – not to mention her invasion of Libya and her abandonment of American personnel in Benghazi. The loss of these lives in Libya is directly traceable to Clinton, but their families’ testimonials were rejected by the media.
Clinton’s actions have been reckless and have directly led to the loss of American lives. And her extreme immigration policies, as also laid out by American victims in Cleveland, will cause the preventable deaths of countless more — while putting all residents, from all places, at greater risk of terrorism.
As Bernie Sanders said on numerous occasions, Hillary Clinton suffers from ‘bad judgement.’ She is not qualified to serve as Commander-in-Chief.”