In his first response to a searing charge from bereaved Army father Khizr Khan that he'd "sacrificed nothing" for his country, Donald Trump claimed that he had in fact sacrificed by employing "thousands and thousands of people." He also suggested that Khan's wife didn't speak because she was forbidden to as a Muslim and questioned whether Khan's words were his own.
"Who wrote that? Did Hillary's script writers write it?" Trump said in an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard."
On the last night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, Gold Star father Khizr Khan, his wife Ghazala by his side, recounted to the crowd how his son was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq.
Khan also chastised Trump for seeking to ban Muslims from entering the country, saying that his son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, would not have been able to serve under a Trump presidency.
"Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America," Khan said, addressing Trump. "You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one."
Trump appeared to try to brush the speech aside, saying that Khan "was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me."
Trump also said, "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."
Pressed by Stephanopoulos to name the sacrifices he'd made for his country, Trump said: "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."
Trump also cited his work on behalf of veterans, including helping to build a Vietnam War memorial in Manhattan, and raising "millions of dollars" for vets.
Hillary Clinton released the following statement Saturday on Khan, which does not mention Trump:
I was very moved to see Ghazala Khan stand bravely and with dignity in support of her son on Thursday night. And I was very moved to hear her speak last night, bravely and with dignity, about her son's life and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country.
This is a time for all Americans to stand with the Khans, and with all the families whose children have died in service to our country. And this is a time to honor the sacrifice of Captain Khan and all the fallen. Captain Khan and his family represent the best of America, and we salute them.
Trump to father of fallen soldier: 'I've made a lot of sacrifices'