NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 11:19 PM
The Trump campaign rewrote history again Saturday morning.
Donald Trump’s spokeswoman called the war in Afghanistan “Obama’s war,” falsely saying the war started under President Obama.
Katrina Pierson was defending the Republican nominee’s recent comments calling Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the “co-founders” of ISIS in an appearance on CNN.
She cited the war in Afghanistan as a factor in the terror group’s origins. The conflict began “after 2007,” she said, when “Al Qaeda was in ashes” following the American troop surge in Iraq.
Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said incorrectly that President Obama “went into Afghanistan” following the American troop surge in Iraq in 2007.
“Remember, we weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time,” Pierson said. “Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem.”
U.S. forces, under President George W. Bush, invaded Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. President Obama was still an Illinois state senator.
ISIS formed as Al Qaeda in Iraq in 2004, with the group changing its name to ISIS after the death of its real founder, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, two years later.
A photo from Oct. 30, 2001, shows U.S. Navy ordnance men launching a bombing strike against targets in Afghanistan. The war began shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
CNN anchor Victor Blackwell, who appeared dumbfounded by Pierson’s comments, pointed out that both ISIS and the war began before Obama took office in January 2009. But the spokeswoman stuck to her version of events.
“What I’m saying is the policies of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — that was Obama’s war, yes,” Pierson said.
She changed the subject when Blackwell gave her another chance to retract her statements following a commercial break.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks Saturday in Fairfield, Conn. He said he was being “sarcastic, but not that sarcastic” when he called President Obama and Hillary Clinton the “co-founders” of the Islamic State.
“I thought we were talking about the founding of ISIS,” Pierson said. “I mean ISIS came out of the Obama side of the war. Is that not a fact?”
Pierson also made headlines for strange comments earlier this month. She blamed President Obama’s policies for the 2004 death in Iraq of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, whose parents have publicly feuded with Trump.
“It was under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that changed the rules of engagement that probably cost his life,” Pierson said.
“For the record, audio disruptions and echoes should be fixed immediately,” Pierson wrote. “Especially when you say it out loud on the air.”