Sullivan Condemns Trump’s Comments


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan on Monday condemned comments from his party’s presidential nominee about the parents of a decorated Army captain killed in Iraq.

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has publicly feuded with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004. Khizr Khan, the father of Capt. Humayun Khan, spoke at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

In a statement, Sullivan said he condemns “in the strongest terms possible any statement or action, including the recent remarks by Donald Trump, that undermines the sacrifice of Captain Khan and his family, or any of our other fallen American heroes.”

“Our men and women in uniform who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan or in more distant wars deserve nothing less than our steadfast gratitude for their sacrifices on behalf of our great nation,” said Sullivan, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps reserves.

Sullivan was the lone member of Alaska’s Republican congressional delegation to attend last month’s GOP national convention, and he spoke at the event. In the lead-up to the convention, Sullivan said he intends to support Trump but he also said he would speak out on areas in which he and Trump may disagree.

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3 Comments on "Sullivan Condemns Trump’s Comments"

  1. Douglas Jensberg | August 1, 2016 at 7:26 pm | Reply

    So why aren’t these members of Congress disavowing Trump, instead of just distancing themselves repeatedly from his continual string of terrible statements? One might think they are moral cowards if they refuse to drop their support for someone so obviously unqualified for the Presidency. Shame on them.

  2. Too bad it took 4 days for Sullivan- who has served in the armed forces- to say something about Trump’s remarks.

    This shows once again that Sullivan continues to support Trump no matter what he does.

    “Mike Pence, Trump’s own VP, faced a question about Trump’s treatment of the Khans last night from a military mom who was booed by the crowd as Pence offered words of solace but no apology. But so far, Republicans aren’t going so far as to un-endorse their nominee as a result of the Khan controversy. (Not even John McCain, who offered the most biting statement targeting Trump yet!) This moment could provide a last exit ramp for Republicans to withdraw their support for Trump before the heat of the general election, which now seems sure to draw even more outlandish reactions from a candidate who’s shown little deference to the party. And the pressure isn’t letting up.”

  3. Dan, the “strongest terms possible” would be taking away any hint of an endorsement.

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