July 31, 2016 / 6:57 PM / 3 years ago

McConnell calls Army captain Khan 'an American hero'

Khizr Khan, who's son Humayun (L) was killed serving in the U.S. Army, challenges Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to read his copy of the U.S. Constitution, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, on Sunday called Muslim fallen Army Captain Humayun Khan “an American hero,” and said that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims seeking to enter the country did not fit American values.

“I agree with the (Khans) and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values,” McConnell said in a statement.

Reporting by Alana Wise; Editing by Sandra Maler

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