Trump clarifies POW comments to local veteran - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Trump clarifies POW comments to local veteran

Keith Maupin (Left) and Matt Maupin. (Provided photos) Keith Maupin (Left) and Matt Maupin. (Provided photos)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19/AP) -

Donald Trump on Sunday tried to clarify controversial remarks about Arizona Sen. John McCain after he was quizzed by a local veteran and father of a slain prisoner of war.

During his West Chester campaign event, Keith Maupin, whose son was killed in Iraq after being taken prisoner, asked Trump to clarify comments he made in July about McCain, a former Vietnam War prisoner of war and the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee.

Maupin said he wanted to give Trump the opportunity to explain himself.

"You made a comment to John McCain that you don't think that captured soldiers are heroes," Maupin, a Marine Corps veteran, told Trump during the event at a suburban Cincinnati convention center. Maupin's son Matt, a U.S. Army sergeant, went missing from his unit in Iraq in 2004. His remains were recovered in 2008.

Trump had said of McCain in July, while campaigning in Iowa, "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

On Sunday, Trump responded to Maupin: "Oh no, no, no. What I was - I never did that. You know that."

Maupin said, "What I want you to do is just clarify that for me, because I think it's important for all these people here, and for a lot of veterans that's in Ohio. I know what you were doing."

"You know exactly what I was doing," Trump said. "They are heroes. Just so you understand. They're real heroes, OK? You know that."

Trump added, "John McCain has not helped a lot of people like he should; that, I can tell you. That's true.”

Maupin later told FOX19 NOW that he was satisfied with Trump’s clarification. He also gave Trump a fishing lure with a picture of his son on it. 

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