Benghazi Victim's Father Flips Script When CNN Asks Him About Trump And Khizr Khan


Charles Woods, father of U.S. Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed during the Benghazi attack, appeared on CNN Tuesday. CNN Newsroom host Carol Costello repeatedly badgered him about Donald Trump's feud with Khizr Khan, and whether Trump should apologize. Transcript below, via CNN.

"I know who should apologize, and that would be Hillary Clinton, for lying to the American families who lost their loved ones as well as to the American public," Woods said.

COSTELLO: And as you step by and you look at all that is transpiring now in the political arena, especially surrounding gold starred families -- you know, families like you who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country -- what goes through your mind?

WOODS: Well I have a lot of empathy for all gold starred families. I know one family in particular who's been in the spotlight recently. And that was Khan. And he was definitely a patriotic, American citizen, who was also a moderate Muslim. And we need to think about these moderate Muslims who are American citizens.

They have the same national security concerns that all of us do. And what we have to realize is that ISIS and other radical terrorist group, they not only kill Jews, Christians, gays, they also kill moderate Muslims who do not agree with their radical jihad, and their interpretation of Shiite law.

And I'm sure when the election comes out next year, they're going to have to make the decision, who should they vote for, based upon who will do the best job of defending this country.


WOODS: And I think the whole reason ...

COSTELLO: Do you, do you think, Sir ...

WOODS: ... Clinton proved at Benghazi that she was incapable of protecting 35 of her own employees. So how could she possibly protect 330 million Americans at home?

COSTELLO: Do you think that Mr. Trump should apologize to Mr. Khan?

WOODS: You know, I really don't know what's been said. I haven't seen a T.V. set since last Monday or Tuesday ...

COSTELLO: Well he has not apologized.

WOODS: I've been camping with my daughter and taking her to a rodeo, so I'm not really sure what he said.

COSTELLO: Well he has not apologized. He actually said that he has sacrificed because he has built buildings, and created jobs. And I can actually play a bit of what his son, Eric Trump said on CBS this morning, about how exactly his father has reacted to the Khans. Let's listen.


NORAH O'DONNELL, CO-ANCHOR, CBS THIS MORNING: They want an apology. Would your father be willing to apologize and move on?

ERIC TRUMP, SON OF DONALD TRUMP: I think that's a great question for him. And I think he has by calling them a hero. In terms of the one question, whether you've made a sacrifice, I think my father has. No, that's certainly not the ultimate sacrifice. The ultimate sacrifice is a soldier dying for this nation, and dying to protect the three of us, there's no question about it.

GAYLE KING, CO-HOST, CBS THIS MORNING: Is it difficult for him to apologize, Eric, on anything? You know him, you know him probably better than anybody.

TRUMP: Well my, my father's a fighter. My father's a fighter. And I think this country needs a fighter. And I think he was attacked the other day, and he was attacked viciously. And by the way, that's politics, you're going to get attacked.


COSTELLO: So Eric Trump is saying that his father sort of apologized by calling Khan's son a hero. And that Donald Trump has also sacrificed for this country.

WOODS: Well I would agree with what Mr. Trump said, definitely Khan was an American hero. He was a patriotic American, and he was also a moderate Muslim.

COSTELLO: But should Mr. Trump apologize?

WOODS: You know, like I say, I don't know what he originally said, and I don't know what he's said since then. I -- I know who should apologize, and that would be Hillary Clinton, for lying to the American families who lost their loved ones, as well as to the American public. You know, she's ...

COSTELLO: Do you ...

WOODS: ... in fact, she's even doubled down and called us liars. Which is not appropriate at all. Because like I said, either she's lying ...

COSTELLO: Who are you, who are you ...

WOODS: ... or she has a bad memory.

When asked who he is voting for this November Mr. Woods said, "in good conscience I cannot vote for the person who was directly responsible for the death of my son."

COSTELLO: Who are you endorsing this election?

WOODS: Well my son would still be alive if Mrs. Clinton was performing her job properly, as Secretary of State. So in good conscience I cannot vote for the person who was directly responsible for the death of my son. There is only two choices, and obviously I support Donald Trump.

And the main reason is because national security, as well as the economy, are the two most important issues that voters are going to have to decide upon next November.

COSTELLO: And just the last question I'll ask you, do you wish that Mr. Trump would stop talking about the Khans now?

WOODS: I -- like I say -- I haven't watched the T.V. set since either last Monday or Tuesday, so I'm not really sure what Trump has been saying.

COSTELLO: He's continued to double down on Mr. Khan.

WOODS: You know, when Hillary Clinton on several occasions, has called the Benghazi victims' families liars, would that be -- should she apologize for that?

COSTELLO: Thank you, Sir, for your time this morning. I do appreciate you stopping by.

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