McConnell: Capt. Khan an 'American hero'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGreen New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault MORE (R-Ky.) responded to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE's attack on the family of a dead U.S. soldier on Sunday, calling Capt. Humayun Khan an American hero — without mentioning the GOP presidential nominee's name.

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"Like all Americans I'm grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror," McConnell said in a statement. 

"All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services. And as I have long made clear, 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." 

Trump sparked controversy late last week when he lashed out at Khan's father, Khizr Khan, over his speech at the Democratic National Convention, which was critical of the Republican presidential nominee. Trump cast doubt on whether Khan prepared his remarks and questioned his wife’s silence on stage.

Since then, many have attacked Trump for his statements, though he defended himself on Twitter Sunday, saying Khan "viciously attacked" him. McConnell has endorsed Trump for president, despite saying he doesn't agree with some of his proposed policies. 

Many on social media pointed out that McConnell spelled the family's name wrong, Kahn instead of Khan, in one portion of his release.