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 RiceReforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain The Hill's Morning Report — Dems split on key issues but united against Trump Trump ally suspends reelection campaign MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday tore into White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer slams Omarosa on WH recordings: 'She will do anything to further her own being' The Hill's 12:30 Report White House seeking to prevent Omarosa from releasing more tapes: report MORE's reference to an Islamic terror attack in Atlanta and and White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway asks why White House reporters are 'obsessed' with Trump Conway blasts Brennan: 'Why is he screaming' about losing his clearance 'on a lower-rated cable network?' Gorka: I signed NDAs in the White House, during Trump campaign MORE's reference to the "Bowling Green massacre" — two attacks that didn't happen.

“In the past week, two of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report 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.

“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.