- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Donald Trump says Capt. Humayun Khan would not have died if Mr. Trump had been in the White House, saying he wouldn’t have gone to war in Iraq in the first place.

“I watched him at the Democratic National Convention and he was really going after me — there’s no question about it,” Mr. Trump said of Khizr Khan, the father of Capt. Khan who criticized Mr. Trump at the Democrats’ convention last week. “And I watched and it’s fine - I guess it’s part of my life.”

“I can say this: if I was president, [because] his son died 12 years ago, if I were president his son wouldn’t have died because I wouldn’t have been in the war,” Mr. Trump said on Fox News’ “Hannity” program Monday evening.

“If I was president back then, there would have been no war for Iraq, I can tell you that, because I think it’s ridiculous, the whole thing,” Mr. Trump said.

Sen. John McCain, among others, has criticized Mr. Trump for going after Khizr Khan and his wife, Ghazala, after they appeared at the Democratic National Convention last week.

Mr. Khan had criticized Mr. Trump’s call to ban Muslims from immigrating into the U.S. and said if it was up to Mr. Trump, his son would never have been in America. Capt. Khan, his son, died in 2004 while serving in Iraq.

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