Presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump on Sunday refused to back down on controversial comments he made Saturday about Sen. John McCain, saying the former prisoner of war is "not a war hero."
"I like people that weren't captured, OK, I hate to tell you," Trump said at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa on Saturday.
McCain spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and suffered permanent injuries.
Although several Republicans condemned Trump's words – including Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio – Trump told ABC that he won't apologize or end his presidential campaign.
"When I left the room, it was a total standing ovation," Trump said. "It was wonderful to see. Nobody was insulted."
Trump, who never served in the military and received five deferments, said McCain has "done nothing to help the vets."
"I'm fighting for the vets," Trump told ABC. "I've done a lot for the vets."
Trump added that he will continue to fire back at people who criticize him.
"I will say what I want to say," Trump said.
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