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GOP Senate leader stops short of rebuking Trump

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is stopping short of calling out Donald Trump for his criticism of the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq.

But McConnell says in a statement Sunday that "all Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services."

The bereaved father, Khizr Khan, has called on Congress' top Republicans, McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, to withdraw their support for Trump after the candidate's remarks about the family.

McConnell isn't going that far.

But he says he agrees with the Khans that a travel ban based on religion -- one idea previously floated by Trump -- is "simply contrary to American values."

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