“No one, no one has given more for our freedom and our security than our Gold Star families,” the president said at the Disabled American Veterans convention in Atlanta. “Our Gold Star families have made a sacrifice that most of us cannot even begin to imagine. They represent the very best of our country. They continue to inspire us every day."
The president said families of fallen service members "serve as a powerful reminder of the true strength of America. We have to do everything we can for those families and honor them and be humbled by them.”
Though he didn't mention Trump by name, the president also expressed frustration over those who denigrate the military.
"As commander-in-chief I’m pretty tired of some folks trash talking America’s military and troops," he said.
The president's comments come as Trump is drawing heat over recent remarks regarding the family of Khan, a Muslim-America soldier who was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004. On Thursday, Khan's father, Khizr, spoke at the Democratic National Convention, lambasting Trump for his rhetoric regarding Muslims and saying the Republican presidential nominee has "sacrificed nothing and no one."
In an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Trump criticized Khizr Khan's wife for standing silently next to her husband at the convention and claimed he had made "a lot of sacrifices."
"I work very, very hard. I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I've had tremendous success. I think I've done a lot."
In that same interview, Trump also criticized those leading the U.S. military effort against ISIS, saying "The generals certainly aren't doing very well right now."
Editor's note: This story has been updated with the correct spelling of Humayun Khan's name.