President Barack Obama strongly rebuked Donald Trump Tuesday, calling the Republican presidential nominee "unfit" for the presidency following his criticism of the family of a slain Muslim U.S. soldier. He criticized Trump's proposed Muslim ban and directly addressed Trump, saying, "You have sacrificed nothing and no one".
Trump responded by saying Khan "viciously attacked" him.
Trump's comments about the Khans, at one time suggesting that Khan's wife, Ghazala, was perhaps not allowed to speak at the convention, has drawn outrage and condemnation, including from some Republican leaders.
The meeting was organized by Karen Vaughn, the mother of a fallen U.S. Navy SEAL who supports Trump and spoke at the Republican National Convention, and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a Trump supporter and adviser, also attended, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed. John McCain of Arizona or Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, for example, both offered condemnations of Trump, while House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have offered supporting comments to the family. "You did not serve", Khan said.More news: Hulu valued at $5.8 billion after Time Warner investment
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The cautious reaction by some of Florida's top GOP elected officials is a contrast to people such as former Gov. Jeb Bush, who has refused to endorse Trump. "Donald Trump must honor and respect this most fundamental value", Murkowski said in a written statement.
Sen. Dan Sullivan, a reserve officer in the Marines, said he condemns any statements, "including the recent remarks by Donald Trump", that undermine the sacrifice of Khan and his family. "He's vilifying the fact that they got up and used something from 2004 to politicize this", Nehlen said. Atwater, citing the investigation into Clinton's emails, said that Trump was the "better candidate".
But PolitFact, the fact-checking news service that's allied with The Buffalo News, has reported that there is no clear evidence that Trump opposed the Iraq War, which Clinton voted to support while serving as a US senator from NY. Still grieving, she said Trump has no empathy for sacrifices military families make. "There has to be a point in which you say this is not somebody I can support for president of the United States, even if he purports to be a member of my party", Obama said.