Trump aide cites fake massacre
A TOP aide to US President Donald Trump said on Friday she misspoke when she cited a 2011 “massacre” in Kentucky that never happened.
A day earlier, during an interview on MSNBC, Kellyanne Conway defended Mr Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim nations by saying Barack Obama instituted a similar policy in 2011.
“President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalised, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered,” Ms Conway said.
She tweeted on Friday morning that she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists”.
The Obama administration never banned Iraqi refugees or other Iraqis. It did slow the processing for Iraqis being issued “special immigrant visas”, which are given to interpreters who worked with the US.
That slowdown was prompted by the May 2011 arrest of two men in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for plotting to send weapons and cash to al-Qaida.
They were admitted to the US as Iraqi refugees in 2009 and are now in jail after pleading guilty, but were not accused of plotting attacks in the US.