CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany apologized on Twitter Tuesday for falsely claiming that President Barack Obama “rushed off to a golf game” after the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
Terrorists in Pakistan beheaded Pearl, who worked for the Wall Street Journal, in 2002. Obama was a state senator in Illinois at the time.
“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,” McEnany said during a CNN appearance on Monday. “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 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 was an American war correspondent, who was beheaded by ISIS in Syria in 2014.
I apologize for using the wrong name. Both James Foley and Daniel Pearl lost their lives to terrorism & should be honored by our leaders.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) March 28, 2017
In fairness to McEnany, Obama did play golf after issuing his statement about Foley and eventually admitted it was a mistake.