Donald Trump Spokeswoman Says Barack Obama Invaded Afghanistan
Just days after Donald Trump credited President Barack Obama with being the "founder" of ISIS at a rally in Florida, team Trump seems to have latched onto another thing to blame Obama for: The war in Afghanistan.
On Saturday, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson told CNN's Victor Blackwell "after 2007, al-Qaeda was essentially in ashes. It was Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton who then destroyed the entire rollout by wanting to pull out early, announcing their plans, ignoring intelligence and that is the reason why ISIS is a global issue and not a ..."
Blackwell interrupted, asking if Pierson just said "Barack Obama in 2004," according to Politico.
"I said afterwards," Pierson said. "After the surge when al Qaeda was in ashes. Entering Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — remember we weren't even in Afghanistan by this time."
"Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem," she added. "It was Hillary Clinton and her incidents in Libya, which was also a reckless decision to create that vacuum. They armed the rebels and they're even funding them now."
When Blackwell asked for clarification on whether she believed Obama invaded Afghanistan post-2009, Pierson responded "What I'm saying is the policies of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ... that was Obama's war, yes."
To clarify, President George W. Bush ordered the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in the year 2001. Obama inherited the war. Pierson may have intended to refer to the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan, in which the president escalated U.S. involvement in an attempt to stabilize the country, but it's simply not the case the current president was the one who originally decided to put U.S. troops in harm's way there.
While Obama has now significantly drawn down troop levels, some 8,400 U.S. soldiers are now expected to remain.
Katrina Pierson is the same Trump spokeswoman who seemingly admitted the candidate really was referring to an assassination when he quipped "Second Amendment" people could "do" something about a Clinton presidency last week.
To be fair to Pierson, it can get kind of confusing which things Obama is to blame for and which he isn't. For example, one third of Louisiana Republicans blame Obama for Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina.