"My father's simple message isn't an anti-Muslim message. It's a anti-terror message," Eric Trump said

By Stephanie Petit
Updated August 02, 2016 11:00 AM
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Donald Trump‘s controversial statements about the parents of fallen Muslim U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan have been “blown hugely out of proportion,” according to the GOP nominee’s son.

In an interview on CBS This Morning Tuesday, Eric Trump defended his father’s repeated attacks on Khizr and Ghazala Khan following a moving tribute to their son, who died in 2004 from an Iraqi suicide bombing, at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.

“I think this is something that was honestly blown hugely out of proportion,” Eric said when he was asked whether he believed his father was wrong for his comments, which offended many.

Eric referred to his father as a “fighter” when the hosts asked if it was difficult for Donald to apologize for his actions.

“And I think this country needs is a fighter. And he was attacked the other day. And he was attacked viciously,” he shared. “And by the way, that’s politics. You’re going to get attacked.”

He added that his father had, in fact, apologized “by calling [Capt. Khan] a hero” on “so many different occasions.”

Eric explained that the business mogul’s concerns are not about religions but rather terror groups.

“I mean you see anybody who dies for their nation, dies for the three of us at this table, made the ultimate sacrifice, but you know for my father, in terms of the Khan family, it’s not about a soldier – who’s an amazing guy. My father even said that during the interview, sounds like he’s a really amazing guy,” he said. “But this is a big problem around the world and that’s radical terror.”

He continued, “This isn’t a Muslim thing. This is an ISIS thing. And this is also an anti-immigration, anti-Syrian refugee thing coming into the country. He doesn’t want to see more Americans dead. My father’s a great patriot.”

He also questioned why the mother of a Benghazi attack victim, Pat Smith, has not received as much media attention as the Khans even though she spoke at the Republican National Convention.

“Between all the news networks, she got 77 seconds of airtime,” he explained. “The Khan family has gotten hours and hours of airtime and what’s ironic about that was Hillary was the one that left them on the roof in Benghazi. It was Hillary’s policy that crippled Libya and Syria and Iraq.”

The Trump Organization executive vice president even said that Clinton was to arguably to blame for Capt. Khan’s death, echoing statements he made on Wills & Snyder in the Morning on WTAM 1100 Cleveland radio criticizing her policies.

“My father is actually against the Iraq war,” Eric said. “You could argue many of those soldiers would be alive today if my father was commander-in-chief back then.”

Eric was also asked about billionaire Warren Buffett‘s comments about his father. On Monday afternoon, Buffett challenged the Republican nominee to release his taxes and condemned him for his remarks about the Khan family.

“I ask Donald Trump: have you no sense of decency, sir?” Buffett said at a Clinton rally in Nebraska.

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“Warren Buffett has his own agenda,” Eric said on the morning show. “You understand why he’s always on the side of Democrats, right? He doesn’t want the Keystone pipeline being built.”

“One of his biggest investments is obviously railroad companies – they ship oil down from Canada down to the U.S. Of course he’s going to do not have Donald Trump be president because my father’s really into energy and oil exploration,” he added.