Dem rips into Conway, Spicer for misstatements on terror attacks

Dem rips into Conway, Spicer for misstatements on terror attacks
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A House Democrat says misstatements by two top White House aides show the Trump administration is dangerously bad at fighting terrorism.

Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RicePelosi needs big cushion to return as Speaker Four lawmakers offer bill to permanently ban earmarks America has a broken political system our leaders need to fix MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday tore into White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer: Holding White House press briefings every day 'not worth it' Jimmy Carter jokes crowd size is bigger at his Liberty commencement speech than Trump's BBC Twitter account trolls Trump over royal wedding crowd size MORE's reference to an Islamic terror attack in Atlanta and and White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayICE director supports Trump's 'animals' remark: 'MS-13 kills for sport' Conway pushes CNN's Stelter to say who he voted for in tense exchange Tina Fey returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ as Sarah Palin with advice for Trump staffers MORE's reference to the "Bowling Green massacre" — two attacks that didn't happen.

“In the past week, two of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCEO of American investment firm believed Michael Cohen could bring in GOP donors for deals: report NAACP slams NFL for gag rule on national anthem Pelosi: Republican meeting over informant will 'nix' possibility of bipartisan briefing MORE’s top spokespeople have repeatedly made public statements referencing terrorist attacks that simply did not occur. That is as dangerous as it is incompetent,” Rice said in a statement.

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“The American people need to know that this President will keep us safe and confront that threat like a serious adult,” added Rice, the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.  “It’s extremely disturbing that right now, he seems more focused on telling people who to blame when the next attack occurs.”

“We cannot allow this administration to distort the facts when it comes to national security. We cannot allow them to use the very real threat of terrorism as a tool to stoke fears for their political purposes."

Spicer earlier Thursday admitted he misspoke after repeatedly referencing an attack in Atlanta while defending Trump’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations.

“[I] clearly meant Orlando,” he told ABC News. The Orlando terrorist attack last June was a mass shooting targeting a nightclub that resulted in 49 deaths.

Atlanta was the site of three bombings in 1996 and 1997 perpetrated by Eric Rudolph, a domestic terrorist motivated by anti-LGBT and anti-abortion views.

Conway is weathering criticism and social media derision for referencing a nonexistent terrorist attack in Bowling Green, Ky. at least three times since late last month. She has since clarified she intended to mention indicted “terrorists” who had posed as refugees there instead.