CNN Hosts Shut Down Trump Spokeswoman On Trump’s False Claim That He Opposed The Iraq War

Panel Also Challenges Katrina Pierson’s Claim That Obama, Who Was A State Senator In 2004, Was Responsible For Capt. Humayun Khan’s Death In Iraq

From the August 3 edition of CNN's New Day

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ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): Katrina, do you want to apologize to Mr. Kahn? 

KATRINA PIERSON: Apologize for the timeline. What I was talking about is the fact that Donald Trump has no connection to anything having to do with Captain Kahn, who was a brave war hero. The timeline is very simple and true, Alisyn. Hillary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq. She did not support the surge. Barack Obama made things worse by invading more countries than President Bush did. They did change the rules of engagement --

CAMEROTA: But he was killed in 2004.

PIERSON: And got tens of thousands of soldiers that were killed.


JOHN BERMAN (CO-HOST): Katrina, the words you used, “probably cost his life.” “President Obama and Hillary Clinton changed the rules of engagement that probably cost his life.” You do acknowledge now that there you were just wrong? 

PIERSON: Well, absolutely. That's why I used probably, because I was just going through the timeline, because since then, we have had tens of thousands of soldiers that have been lost. 1 million wounded. $6 trillion later. How can we possibly put any of the onerous (sic) on Donald Trump. It is absolutely absurd. And that's why you see all this confusion surrounding this issue. Because Donald Trump had absolutely nothing to do with it. 

CAMEROTA: But no one was blaming Donald Trump for Captain Kahn's death. You were blaming President Obama, and he wasn't president yet. 

PIERSON: No, I was talking about Hillary Clinton specifically voting for the war. And that was during that time period. 

BERMAN: You said “changed the rules of engage that cost his life.” That's what you specifically said. 

​PIERSON: In the chronological order, absolutely. 

​BAKARI SELLERS: ​​​Alisyn, John. Alisyn and John, if I may just briefly, this is the type of fact free environment that we're living in.​ Not only do people ​fail ​to realize, or Katrina fails to realize, or just fails to articulate that Donald ​Trump actually supported the Iraq War before he was against it, and to actually blame a sitting state senator in Illinois for changing the rules of engagement in 2004 and causing the death of this great war hero, is the height of irresponsibility. But further, you get deep down to the bones of the Trump campaign, and the fact that Katrina Pierson won't even apologize this morning is indicative  not just of her, but it’s indicative of the top of this campaign. It’s exactly what Captain Kahn's father was talking about. It is about decency and respect. And until we can get back to that playing field, all else is moot. 

CAMEROTA: Katrina, you acknowledge you got it wrong?

PIERSON: Donald Trump did not vote for that war, period. This war did not happen because of Donald Trump at all.

BERMAN: Donald Trump, in an interview in 2003, he said he was supportive of the war before the invasion. He absolutely said he was supportive.

PIERSON: He did not vote for the war. He did not choose to send troops.

CAMEROTA: He couldn’t have voted, he was a private person then. He wasn’t in Congress or president.

BERMAN: He was a private person. Barack Obama did not vote for the war.

PIERSON: That’s my point, Alisyn. That’s my point, that’s why this is a ridiculous conversation. Donald Trump had nothing to do with sending troops like Captain Khan into Iraq to begin with. That’s the only point here.

CAMEROTA: Nor did he have anything to do with opposing it until after the war had begun and wasn’t going well.


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