- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on reaction by Alaska’s U.S. senators to comments by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says Gold Star families of service members killed in war deserve “unconditional love and support” for that sacrifice.

She says GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump “must honor and respect this most fundamental value.”

Murkowski was responding to recent comments by Trump, who has publicly feuded with Khizr and Ghazala Khan. The Khans are the parents of decorated Muslim Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Khizr Khan spoke at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

Alaska’s other U.S. senator, Dan Sullivan, said he condemned any statement or action, including recent remarks by Trump, that undermines the sacrifice of Capt. Khan and his family, or any of our other fallen American soldiers.

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12:45 p.m.

Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is condemning comments from his party’s presidential nominee about the parents of a decorated Army captain killed in Iraq.

Donald Trump has publicly feuded with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the bereaved parents of a decorated Muslim Army captain killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. Khizr Khan, the father of Capt. Humayun Khan, spoke at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

In a Monday 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.”

Sullivan, a Marine Corps reservist, says those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan or other wars deserve nothing less than “steadfast gratitude for their sacrifices.”


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