Trump hits back at dead soldier’s dad

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump hit back at ac­cu­sa­tions from the fa­ther of a dead Mus­lim US soldier that the bil­lion­aire has “sac­ri­ficed noth­ing” for his coun­try, say­ing he had em­ployed thou­sands of peo­ple.

Khizr Khan – whose son died in Iraq – had ac­cused the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee of vil­i­fy­ing Amer­i­can-Mus­lims in a steely re­buke that elec­tri­fied the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion on July 28.

“Go look at the graves of brave pa­tri­ots who died de­fend­ing the United States of Amer­ica,” Mr Khan said to Mr Trump.

“You will see all faiths, gen­ders and eth­nic­i­ties. You have sac­ri­ficed noth­ing and no one.”

Mr Trump brushed off Mr Khan’s words in an in­ter­view with ABC News, stat­ing that he thinks he has made “a lot of sac­ri­fices”.

“I work very, very hard. I’ve cre­ated thou­sands and thou­sands of jobs, tens of thou­sands of jobs, built great struc­tures. I’ve had tremen­dous suc­cess. I think I’ve done a lot.”

The brash bil­lion­aire has alien­ated many Amer­i­cans with in­sults against im­mi­grants, Mus­lims and women dur­ing his nom­i­na­tion cam­paign.

Among his more con­tro­ver­sial pol­icy po­si­tions has been his call to ban Mus­lims from en­ter­ing the United States and sug­ges­tions he would back pro­fil­ing them.

Mr Trump also ques­tioned whether his ri­val, Hil­lary Clin­ton, had been be­hind Mr Khan’s ad­dress, which the fa­ther said he wrote with his wife Ghaz­ala.

“Who wrote that? Did Hil­lary’s scriptwrit­ers write it?” Mr Trump said in the in­ter­view, which aired in full yes­ter­day.

“If you look at his wife, she was stand­ing there. She had noth­ing to say,” Mr Trump said, adding that “maybe she wasn’t al­lowed to have any­thing to say”.

Ms Clin­ton re­leased a state­ment de­fend­ing the Khans as “the best of Amer­ica”. –

Photo: AFP

Khizr Khan, fa­ther of deceased soldier Hu­mayun SM Khan, has ac­cused Don­ald Trump of vil­i­fy­ing Amer­i­canMus­lims.

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