CNN contributor apologizes for Daniel Pearl mistake
Kayleigh McEnany claimed Barack Obama was president when Daniel Pearl was beheaded in 2002
CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany apologized Tuesday for a comment she made about Daniel Pearl and former President Barack Obama.
McEnany’s Monday appearance on a CNN live broadcast went viral after she claimed Obama was president when Pearl, an American journalist at the Wall Street Journal, was beheaded by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. In fact, George W. Bush was commander in chief at that time, while Obama was an Illinois state senator.
“You have President Obama, who after the, I believe it was the beheading of Daniel Pearl, spoke to how upset he was about that, then rushed off to a golf game,” said McEnany, a Donald Trump supporter who participated in a CNN segment about the president’s golfing hobby. “I think when we’re in a state of war, when we’re in a state of mourning, you should take time off from the golf course.”
McEnany later addressed the error via Twitter early Tuesday, writing, “I apologize for using the wrong name. Both James Foley and Daniel Pearl lost their lives to terrorism & should be honored by our leaders.”
Foley, an American war correspondent, was beheaded by ISIS in Syria in 2014. At the time, Obama issued a statement while on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard and later went golfing — a decision he admitted may have been a mistake.
Watch McEnany’s flub in the short clip above.