Ryan, McConnell Distance Themselves From Trump's Attacks On Khan Family

Andrew Harnik

After Donald Trump spent the weekend attacking the parents of a deceased Muslim American soldier, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued statements that separated themselves from Trump's relentless remarks about the Khan family.

"Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans I’m grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror. All Americans should value the patriotic service of ‎the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services," McConnell said in a Sunday statement. "And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Khans and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values."

In his statement, Ryan also reiterated his opposition to a Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

"America's greatness is built on the principles of liberty and preserved by the men and women who wear the uniform to defend it. As I have said on numerous occasions, a religious test for entering our country is not reflective of these fundamental values. I reject it," Ryan said in a Sunday statement. "Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice—and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan—should always be honored. Period."

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