Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson made a bold claim on CNN Saturday morning, telling CNN’s Victor Blackwell that President Obama brought U.S. forces into Afghanistan.
Pierson was discussing Trump’s recent statements that Obama “founded” ISIS. She clarified that in a literal sense, the president obviously didn’t start ISIS, but policies under his administration led to an atmosphere that fostered its powerful rise.
“Remember, we weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time,” she told Blackwell, referring to Obama’s decision to take U.S. troops out of Iraq in 2011. “Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem.”
Blackwell seemed confused, asking “You’re saying Barack Obama took the country into Afghanistan post-2009?
“That was Obama’s war, yes,” she responded.
Blackwell’s perplexed look might have had to do with the fact that technically, the Afghanistan war started in 2001. After the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush quickly sent in U.S. troops once he learned Osama bin-Laden was responsible.
Pierson could have been referring to 2009, when Obama significantly increased military output to the war-torn nation, but it was unclear.
After coming back from a commercial break, Blackwell laid out the Afghanistan war timeline in order to make sense of what Pierson was saying.
“We’re talking about ISIS specifically,” she responded.
“I thought we were talking about the founding of ISIS. ISIS came out of the Obama side of the war. Is that not a fact?” Pierson asked.
Blackwell said it wasn’t, and referred to the last segment in which he told Pierson the seeds of ISIS were originally planted in 2004.
Pierson had previously been corrected on Thursday when a Trump campaign advisor admitted she used a non-sensical argument to pin the death of Capt. Humayun Khan on the Obama Administration.
Trump campaign national co-chair Sam Clovis talked to CNN regarding the incident:
“I think we’re fixing it, I guarantee you that won’t happen again with her, that’s for sure,” he said. “I think it’s important to come on here and have accurate information…The truth always helps you, and I think that’s always where we ought to be.”
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