The following is an excerpt from Sean Sullivan | August 1, 2016 | washingtonpost.com |
Donald Trump drew new criticism from his party Monday for criticizing the Muslim American parents of an U.S. Army soldier who was killed in Iraq. But the Republican presidential nominee refused to back down from his attacks, and a former aide argued that the soldier would still be alive if Trump were president at the time of his service.
The escalations, coming at the start of the general election campaign, were the latest in an exchange that is dominating the presidential race and has frayed Trump’s already delicate alliance with GOP leaders.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a respected figure on national security issues in the GOP, issued a written statement strongly rebuking Trump.
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