candidate to put his political expediency ahead of any
realization of pain and suffering of the families is shameful,"
Khan said in an interview with CNN.
The New York businessman raised the name of U.S. Army Captain
Humayun Khan in a Sunday night presidential debate while
criticizing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for voting in favor
of the 2003 invasion of Iraq when she was a U.S. senator.
"If I was president at that time he would be alive today," Trump
said. Despite his assertion that he always opposed the war,
Trump had expressed support for it in a 2002 interview.
Khizr Khan had delivered a speech to the Democratic National
Convention in July showcasing his son's military service and
criticizing Trump's campaign call for a temporary ban on Muslims
entering the country.
Trump responded at the time by questioning whether Khan's wife,
Ghazala Khan, was not "allowed" to speak when she appeared next
to her husband on the stage, an insinuation of some conservative
form of Islam that embroiled the candidate in an unpopular
dispute with the Muslim parents of a fallen war hero.
The Khans were stunned to hear Trump bring up the name of their
son, who was killed in 2004, in Sunday's nationally televised
debate, the father said.
"We were not only shocked, we were saddened for such
disingenuous expression of his thinking and of his feeling,"
Trump has said he has modified his call for a ban on Muslims
entering the country to a plan for "extreme vetting."
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Frances Kerry)
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