Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump defended his criticism of a fallen soldier's parents in an exclusive interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group.
"I do honor this and I honor all people that were killed as military or otherwise and I think that it's very important to do so," Trump said.
Trump repeatedly said he honors the ultimate sacrifice Khizr Khan's son made defending the country, but was surprised that Khan "viciously attacked" him during a speech at the Democratic National Convention last week.
Khan's son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed by a suicide bomber in 2004 while fighting in Iraq. In his speech, Khan questioned whether Trump had ever read the Constitution.
He also insinuated that Trump's plan to ban Muslim immigrants goes against the nation's core values.
Khan held up a copy of the Constitution during his speech, urging Trump to "look for the words liberty and equal protection of law."
Trump responded by questioning why Khan's wife didn't 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 in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
Several top Republicans, including Speaker of House Paul Ryan, have criticized Trump for the way he reacted to Khan's speech.
"All I did was respond, and I will always respond," Trump said in an interview Monday afternoon.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton suggested Trump's response to criticism further proves he doesn't have the temperament to serve as president.
"I think I have a great temperament," Trump said. "I'm just saying - that from the stage I was attacked about the constitution, and I know the constitution very well - probably as well as anybody. But I was attacked about the constitution, and I think when you're spoken to that way, you're allowed to say something back."
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