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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 RiceHouse Dems punt action on rule change for Speaker nominee Hoyer questions feasibility of new threshold for Speaker nomination Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday tore into White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerGuilfoyle says she'd be open to White House job if Trump asks Cramer's comments on Kavanaugh allegations under scrutiny in close N. Dakota race Spicer: Press have 'a personal animus' against Trump administration MORE's reference to an Islamic terror attack in Atlanta and and White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayHatch mocks Warren over DNA test with his own results showing '1/1032 T-Rex' Conway responds to Warren DNA test: 'Junk science' that 'really doesn't interest me' Watchdog files Hatch Act complaint against Sanders for picture with Kanye in MAGA hat MORE's reference to the "Bowling Green massacre" — two attacks that didn't happen.

“In the past week, two of President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration 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.