Khan family slams President Trump's defense of reaction to fallen Green Berets

Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan are putting President Trump on blast over his defense for waiting days before addressing the deaths of four Army Green Berets.

In a statement to The Hill, the pair said  “…[Trump’s] selfish and divisive actions have undermined the dignity of the high office of the presidency…”

The Khan's claim the president has once again shown he is “undeserving of the leadership of our great nation.”

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Gold Star father Khizr Khan, whose son Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq saving fellow soldiers, campaigns for Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, and LuAnn Bennett at the Leesburg Coordinated Campaign Office on November 4, 2016 in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Khizr Khan, whose son, Humayun S. M. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Army in the 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, offers to loan his copy of the Constitution to Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, as he speaks while a relative looks on during the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016.

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Gold Star father Khizr Khan speaks before introducing U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., November 6, 2016.

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Gold-star father Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 in Iraq, takes part in a discussion panel on the Muslim and Refugee ban in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 2, 2017.

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Gold-Star father Khizr Khan, the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War, speaks during a news conference held by House Democrats to introduce legislation "to ensure that no one is denied entry into the United States because of their religion" at the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 2, 2017.

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Khizr Khan, and his wife Ghazala (L), whose son, Humayun S. M. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Army in the ten years after the 9/11 attacks, appear with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton supporters at her election night rally in New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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Gold-Star father Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 in Iraq, puts his hand to his heart as he takes part in a discussion panel on the Muslim and refugee ban in the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 2, 2017.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations National Executive Director Nihad Awad, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Gold Star father Khizr Khan listen during a news conference in front of the Capitol February 1, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) hosted the press conference to discuss President Donald Trump's travel ban, which prevents immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S, and objections to Senator Jeff Sessions' nomination to the position of Attorney General.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Khizr Khan attends the ACLU SoCal's 2016 Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 13, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Khizr Khan attends the ACLU SoCal's 2016 Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 13, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Khizr Khan, a Virginia Gold Star father, whose son Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq, campaigns for Hillary Clinton at Croaker's Spot, a restaurant in Norfolk, Va. on October 26, 2016.

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Khizr Khan gestures after speaking in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during election night outside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on November 8, 2016.

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Khizr Khan speaks at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night party at Javits Center on November 8, 2016 in New York City.

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On Monday, the president held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden, insisting many of his predecessors opted not to call the families of fallen soldiers.

"The traditional way if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls," Trump said. "A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate when I think I am able to do it."

That proved false, with the New York Times pointing to Obama’s “long record” of meetings with families, along with calls and letters.

When pressed by a reporter on the topic, Trump responded, “I don’t know if he did I was told he didn’t often, and a lot of presidents don’t. They write letters.”

During the press conference, Trump also explained he wants a little time to pass before he calls the families, saying he wrote letters to them in the meantime.

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