Republican nominee Donald Trump told ABC News he doesn't wan to take back anything he said to the family of an American Muslim soldier who died in Iraq in 2004.
"I don’t regret anything. I said nice things about the son and I feel that very strongly, but of course, I was hit very hard from the stage and you know it’s just one of those things but no, I don’t regret anything."
Khizr Khan, the father of the fallen soldier, blasted Trump while he spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Khan criticized Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from countries affected by terrorism for an undetermined amount of time.
“If it was up to Donald Trump, [my son] never would have been in America,” Khan said. “Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities: women, judges, even his own party leadership.”
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Khan continued: “He vows to build walls, and ban us from this country. Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you: have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy.”
Trump responded on Twitter and in interviews, often not appearing to have much sympathy for the family.
“Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same – Nice!” Trump tweeted on Aug. 1, several days after Khan gave his DNC speech.
“This story is not about Mr. Khan, who is all over the place doing interviews, but rather RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM and the U.S. Get smart!” Trump tweeted moments later.
One thing Trump and Khan might be able to agree on is that U.S. hawkish foreign policy in Muslim countries has done more harm than good.
“As a Muslim American I feel that these policies are not in the interest of the United States of America,” Khan told MSNBC. “And we see the result of it. We are more vulnerable now. We have created a chaos.”
In the interview with ABC News, Trump took a similar position, but blamed President Barack Obama for the current problems in the Middle East.
“He’ll probably go down as the worst president in the history of our country, he’s been a total disaster. You look at what happens in the Middle East, in Syria and his line in the sand,” Trump said. “I think it just means he’s concerned I’m going to win.”