White House counselor Kellyanne Conway downplayed the Trump administration’s deliberate lies about the number of terror suspects apprehended at the southern border as “an unfortunate misstatement.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was fact-checked by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace on Sunday after she claimed that “nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally” through the southern border – in an attempt to claim that there is a crisis at the border and justify the need for a border wall. Wallace noted that the government’s own figures show that there haven’t been any terrorists found coming across the border and that most were captured at airports in fiscal 2017.
Conway on Monday acknowledged Wallace’s fact-check, citing a report from the Department of Homeland Security.
“It got unfortunately conflated by a colleague,” Conway said.
“That was an unfortunate misstatement and everybody makes mistakes, all of us,” Conway said. “The fact is, it’s corrected here and anybody who turns a blind eye to the actual numbers of human trafficking, the increase in the drugs, we are concerned about your children here in the United States not being subject to all these drugs and we’re concerned about their children.”
Other Trump administration officials, including the president, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Vice President Mike Pence, have in recent months stated that thousands of terrorists attempt to enter the country through our southern border.
In the first half of 2018, Customs and Border Protection stopped a total of six immigrants at the southern border who are now in the terrorism database, according to NBC News.