Trump criticises father of slain Muslim soldier

Trump (Reuters)
Trump (Reuters)

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has responded to Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq, following his address at the Democratic national convention on Thursday (local time).

In an interview with The New York Times, Mr Trump commented that he would "like to hear [Mr Khan's] wife say something" and had earlier suggested that Hillary Clinton's speechwriters had scripted Mr Khan's speech.

"If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. Maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me."

Mr Khan had previously said he wrote the speech with his wife Ghazala Khan.

Following Mr Trump's controversial call to ban all Muslims entering the United States, Mr Khan astounded audiences by questioning whether Mr Trump had even "read the United States Constitution" and offered to lend him his copy.

"Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one," Mr Khan said.

Despite his criticisms of Mr Trump, Mr Khan did offer some praise to the Republican Party, saying that "Republicans are as patriotic as Democrats are," but warned that Mr Trump was a threat to democracy.

The Democratic National Convention concluded on Thursday, after four days of speeches from notable speakers, including US President Barack Obama and comedienne Sarah Silverman.