Trump aide cites fake mas­sacre

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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.

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