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CNN host blasts Trump spokesman for robot-like ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ response about Khans

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CNN’s Brian Stelter held a Donald Trump communications staffer’s feet to the fire in a Sunday morning interview, demanding Jason Miller explain why he kept avoiding his question about Trump’s response to the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in combat.

Jason Miller, senior communications adviser to the Trump campaign, was asked why Trump is now entering his third day of bickering with the Khan family, who lost Army Capt. Humayun Khan while he was serving in Iraq.

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Khizr Khan, his father, spoke at the Democratic National Convention last week and blasted Trump for saying he would bar Muslims from entering the U.S. Trump has responded by defending himself and claiming Khan had “no right” to “attack” him.

Miller kept trying to steer the interview to “radical Islamic terrorism,” even though Stelter said there was no connection to that and his question about Trump’s response to Khan.

“Let’s get back to the broader point here,” Miller said, before Stelter cut him off and said, “Let’s not, let’s put the statement back on screen, the statement on screen says, ‘Mr. Khan has no right to say what he said.'”

Stelter was referring to Trump’s statement on Saturday, which said that Khan had “no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things.”

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Miller again tried to turn the conversation to “radical Islamic terror.”

“You keep mentioning radical Islamic terrorism, as though that’s somehow linked to Mr. Khan. Why do you keep responding that way when I mention him?” Stelter asked.

Miller again launched into the topic of terrorism and “vetting” people traveling into the country.

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Watch the exchange, as posted to YouTube, here:

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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