Trump Attacks Speech by Bereaved Father of U.S. Muslim Soldier

In ABC interview, Republican candidate responds to Khizr Khan, who said Trump 'sacrificed nothing and no one' for his country. 'I've created thousands and thousands of jobs,' Trump says, before suggesting Khan forbade his wife to speak at Democratic convention.

Khizr Khan, whose son died serving in the U.S. Army in the 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, speaks at the DNC in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016, accompanied by his wife, Ghazala Khan.
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Donald Trump rejected criticism from the father of an American soldier killed in Iraq who said the Republican presidential nominee had "sacrificed nothing and no one" and questioned whether the mother was allowed to speak during the couple's appearance at the Democratic convention. 

“Who wrote that? Did Hillary's script writers write it?” Trump said in an interview with ABC's "This Week," before saying that he'd given up a lot for his businesses.

"I've 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," he said.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S., July 25, 2016.
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He added: "Sure those are sacrifices."

Khizr Khan, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin and a Muslim, won widespread praise when he spoke Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, telling the story of his son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, killed by a bomb in Iraq in 2004. 

He also attacked Trump for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States and asked if the candidate had read the U.S. Constitution. He pulled out a pocket-copy from the inside of his suit coat, in one of the most commented moments on the night that Hillary Clinton accepted her party's nomination for president. 

Trump said Khan appeared "very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me." 

But the businessman also cast doubt on why Khan's wife did not speak. 

"If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me," Trump said.

Ghazala Khan has said she didn't speak because she's still overwhelmed by her grief and can't even look at photos of her son without crying. Khizr Khan told the New York Times that the Clinton campaign asked if he need speechwriting help or coaching. 

"I said: 'I really don't, I have my thoughts in my head,'" Khan told the Times, adding, "'Just let me say what I want to say. It will be heart-to-heart'." 

Trump's comments sparked immediate outrage on social media, both for attacking a mourning mother and because many considered them racist and anti-Muslim. His remarks about his purported sacrifices for his country also started a derisive Twitter trend, #TrumpSacrifices.