Over the last few weeks, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has defended the immigration ban by citing a non-existent terrorist attack that happened in Atlanta. Spicer alluded to the Atlanta attack three times in one week. It was not until Thursday that White House officials offered an explanation about the blunder, reported CNN.
According to a White House official, Spicer meant to refer to a different attack. In an email sent to ABC News, Spicer added that he “clearly meant Orlando.”
The first time Atlanta was brought into question was during Spicer’s January 29 appearance on ABC's "This Week."
"What do we say to the family who loses somebody over a terroristic... to whether it's Atlanta or San Bernardino or the Boston bomber? Those people, each of whom had gone out to a country and then come back," Spicer said.
"There was a very short period of time in which we had something to execute that ensured that the people of the United States were safe. Everybody's been protected," Spicer said on January 30. "What happened if we didn't act and somebody was killed? ... Too many of these cases that have happened — whether you're talking about San Bernardino, Atlanta ... Boston ... would you wait until you do? The answer is we act now to protect the future."
"Right, and we're reviewing the entire process over this period of time to make sure that we do this right. But I don't think you have to look any further than the families of the Boston Marathon, in Atlanta, in San Bernardino to ask if we can go further."
After he made several comments about an Atlanta attack, the Daily Beast compiled the different instances and many requested clarification from the press secretary.
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