Pence: Trump plan will stop others feeling Khans’ ’enduring heartbreak’
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Republican vice presidential nominee Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceKamala Harris shopping trip stirs Twitter campaign trail debate Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Bill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' MORE defended his running mate in a statement Sunday night, blaming President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up McCabe's shocking claims prove the bloodless coup rolls on MORE for their “disastrous decisions” in the Middle East.

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Pence, the governor of Indiana, said both he and GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE believe Capt. Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq in 2004, “is an American hero and his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American.”

Trump sparked controversy late last week when he lashed out at the captain’s father, Khizr Khan, over his speech at the Democratic National Convention, which was critical of Trump. 

Pence’s statement aimed to move forward from Sunday’s criticism of Trump that came from all sides. 

“Captain Khan gave his life to defend our country in the global war on terror. Due to the disastrous decisions of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMiami Herald publishes names of all kids killed by guns since Parkland shooting 
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“By suspending immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism, rebuilding our military, defeating ISIS at its source and projecting strength on the global stage, we will reduce the likelihood that other American families will face the enduring heartbreak of the Khan family.”

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season Trump: McConnell should keep Senate in session until nominees are approved MORE (R-Ky.) both released statements calling Khan a hero earlier Sunday, while Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: More urgent for kids in Kentucky to have secure border than new school 
 White House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Limbaugh calls 25th Amendment discussions 'silent coup' MORE (R-S.C.) said Trump’s comments crossed a line. 

Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Klobuchar: 'I don't remember' conversation with Reid over alleged staff mistreatment Dems wary of killing off filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) called Ryan and McConnell "spineless” for refusing to revoke their endorsements Trump.