<p>In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 file photo, Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan and his wife Ghazala speak during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump broke a major American political and societal taboo over the weekend when he engaged in an emotionally-charged feud with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the bereaved parents of a decorated Muslim Army captain killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)</p>
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has issued an extensive statement denouncing Donald Trump's comments criticizing the parents of a Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq.
McCain said: "I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statements. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers or candidates."
McCain added: "While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us."
Trump has previously said McCain shouldn't be regarded as a war hero for being imprisoned in Vietnam, saying "I like people who weren't captured."