Gold Star military father Khizr Khan lit into Donald Trump again on Tuesday over the Republican presidential nominee’s actions at a campaign rally earlier in the day.
“I’m just so upset at this lack of empathy, lack of common sense,” Khan told CNN host Anderson Cooper. “He wants to be the commander-in-chief of this United States of America? That is the thoughtfulness?”
Khan, who was a featured speaker alongside his wife Ghazala at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), apologized at one point to Cooper for shouting in response to Trump accepting what he said was a Purple Heart medal from a veteran, Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman, while campaigning in Virginia.
“I said to him, ‘Is that a real one or is that a copy?’ And he said, ‘That’s my real purple heart, I have such confidence in you'” Trump said before bringing Dorfman on stage. “I said, ‘Man that’s like big stuff.’ I’ve always wanted to have a Purple Heart. This was much easier. But I tell you it was such an honor.”
According to the fact-checking site Snopes.com, NBC News’ Katy Tur said Dorfman told her he gave Trump a copy of the medal, rather than the real thing.
But real or not, Khan — who prompted a wave of criticism toward Trump when he told him, “You have sacrificed nothing” during his DNC speech — did not take kindly to the real estate mogul’s quip during the event, referencing Trump’s multiple medical deferments, which allowed him to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.
“You had your chance. You escaped. You dodged the draft,” Khan said. “And now you want an easy Purple Heart in your pocket? You should have pinned it back.”
Watch footage from the interview, as aired on CNN, below.
Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.
"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.
The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Here’s one big reason why Trump is having a white-hot meltdown over the Fed not dropping interest rates
President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.
"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
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.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE