Kellyanne Conway Corrects Sarah Sanders’ Border Terrorist Claim: ‘Unfortunate Misstatement’


Kellyanne Conway said her colleague, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, made an “unfortunate misstatement” on illegal immigration at the border on Fox News.

In a highly publicized interview, Sanders was fact-checked by Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace on her claim that 4,000 known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended at the southern border — in an attempt to claim there is a crisis on the border and justify the need for a wall.

Wallace pointed out those people attempt to enter the United States through airports, not the border with Mexico.

Laura Ingraham asked Conway about those numbers on Fox News Monday night, asking if “not getting these basic facts right” hurts “the credibility of the White House.”

Conway held that Sanders “conflated” statistics about the illegal immigrants at the southern border. [Note: Sanders wasn’t the only one — DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen made a similarly false claim, as did Vice President Mike Pence.]

Ingraham was charitable to the administration for repeatedly lying, instead opting to blast the media for “cherry picking” mistakes made by the administration.

“That was an unfortunate misstatement,” Conway said. “Everybody makes mistakes, all of us. The fact is — it’s corrected here.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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