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Sean Spicer Cites 'Atlanta' Terror Attack, But Really Meant 'Orlando'

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 08:34 AM

White House press secretary Sean Spicer now says he clearly meant "Orlando" after citing a mystery "Atlanta" terror attack three times in two days, The Washington Post reports.

In defending President Donald Trump's travel ban on seven majority-Muslim countries, Spicer had repeatedly cited terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, according to the Post's Morning Mix column.

He mentioned San Bernardino, Calif. and Boston. Both cities were the sites of attacks carried out by people who had "self-radicalized in the U.S. but had no foreign ties," the newspaper reports.

He then included Atlanta. But the Post notes that city's only terror attack were bombings by a Florida-born domestic terrorist with no foreign ties.

"The head scratching commenced," the newspaper said. "Was this another 'Bowling Green massacre' incident, the White House again invoking a terrors attack that never actually happened?"

In an email to ABC News, Spicer now claims he "clearly meant Orlando" — referring to the deadly massacre at that city gay Pulse nightclub.

"It's hard to imagine Spicer's city mix-up was entirely a slip of the tongue, since he listed the mystery Atlanta terrorist attack three times, in three interviews," the Post column says.

"But even if it was a genuine mistake, using Orlando as a defense for Trump's travel ban is an odd choice, too."

The newspaper notes the Pulse killer, Omar Mateen, was a U.S. citizen, born in New York to Afghan parents.

Afghanistan is not on Trump's list of travel banned countries.

"Nor is Pakistan, where Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino shooters, was born," the Post column says. "Malik's husband and co-attacker, Syed Farook, was an American-born U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent."

And the countries where the Tsarnaev brothers, who bombed the Boston Marathon, were born are also not listed on Trump's orders, the newspaper says.

But it notes all the perpetrators had one thing in common. They all practiced Islam — "a religion that President Trump has repeatedly disparaged…"

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