Donald Trump is facing backlash from both sides of the aisle for attacking Khizr Khan, the father of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq that strongly rebuked Trump last week at the Democratic convention.
A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan Saturday responded to Trump’s comments, reaffirming the Speaker’s distaste for Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims.
“The speaker has made clear many times that he rejects this idea, and himself has talked about how Muslim Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country,” AshLee Strong said in a statement to CBS News.
Trump lashed out at Khan over his moving speech last week at the Democratic National Convention, doubting whether he prepared his own remarks and firing off questions over his wife Ghazala’s silence on stage.
In responding to Khan’s comments that Trump has sacrificed nothing for his country, Trump said in an ABC News interview:
“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
But some, both from Hillary Clinton‘s team and within the GOP, say Trump’s comments are in poor taste.