When asked if he thought he should have apologized to the Khan family after his comments following the Democratic National Convention, Trump said he had great respect for the Khans.
“If I were president at that time, Capt. Khan would be alive today… because I wouldn’t have been in Iraq,” he told Stephanopoulos.
Trump also stood by his claim that he never supported the Iraq War.
“Look, let’s get it straight. I was opposed to the war in Iraq,” he said. “If you look at just before the war started, I said ‘Don’t do it, it’s a mistake, you’re going to destabilize the Middle East.'”
“Had I been president, Capt. Khan would be alive today. We wouldn’t have been in this horrible, horrible mistake, the war in Iraq,” he added.
In response, Capt. Khan’s father, Khizr Khan, told ABC News that Trump’s words were “the most cruel thing you can say to grieving parents.”
“There is no sincerity in those remarks,” Khan continued. “He utters these words totally oblivious to the understanding of where we are, where we stand, what the values are and how to… be empathetic. This person totally lacks that.”
More from Trump’s interview with Stephanopoulos will air Thursday morning on Good Morning America.