In his final planned address on veterans while in office, President Barack Obama knocked Republican nominee Donald Trump for his recent comments about a Gold Star family.
"No one has given more for our freedom and security than our Gold Star families," Obama said at a Disabled American Veterans event in Atlanta.
"Michelle and I have spent countless hours with them, we have grieved with them," Obama said. "Our Gold Star families have made a sacrifice that most of us cannot even begin to imagine. They represent the very best of our country. They continue to inspire us every day, every moment. They serve as a powerful reminder of the true strength of America. We have to do everything we can for those families and honor them and be humbled by them."
He added, “As commander in chief, I’m pretty tired of some folks trash-talking America’s military and troops.”
The remark was a veiled reference to the Khan family — the parents of a fallen Muslim U.S. soldier who spoke at the Democratic National Convention and took particular aim at Trump.
Trump responded by criticizing Khizr and Ghazala Khan, implying that the soldier's mother was unable to speak because she was a Muslim woman.
The presidential candidate contends that he was "viciously attacked" by Khizr Khan and that he is only responding, but his comments have already been disavowed by many of his supporters.
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