Kentucky Congressman Responds To "Bowling Green Massacre"

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway is defending President Trump's immigration ban by citing something that did not happen.

On MSNBC, Conway said President Obama ordered a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came to the U-S, were radicalized and were the "masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre". Conway might have been referring to two Iraqi men who were admitted to the U.S. as refugees in 2009 and arrested in Bowling Green on terrorism charges in 2011. They pleaded guilty to trying to send weapons to al-Qaeda in Iraq and admitted to taking part in attacks on U-S troops there, but did not kill anyone in Bowling Green or anywhere else in the U.S. 

In a tweet, Conway tries to walk back her comment by saying she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists".

Congressman Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green did not see the interview, but says the social media memes help bring attention to an important topic

Guthrie supports the refugee program, but also a pause to ensure the vetting is thorough and continued oversight

Guthrie says Bowling Green has had extremely successful experiences with the immigration system.

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