Kellyanne Conway pushed her fake 'Bowling Green massacre' story more than once

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway cited a demonstrably false "massacre" as justification for President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban in an interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine days before making headlines by saying the falsehood on MSNBC's "Hardball."

Conway said in a phone interview with Cosmo on January 29th that Obama had called for a temporary ban on Iraqi refugees after the nonexistent "Bowling Green massacre."

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White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway holds up a memorandum from the Justice Department's Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein critical of Comey's position as director of the FBI at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Kellyanne Conway is seen as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks at a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday January 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and her family arrive for the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House said 21,000 people are expected to attend the annual tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn that was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Kellyanne Conway, Counselor of US President Donald Trump listens to reporters ask questions to four US Republican Representatives, Michael Burgess of Texas, Fred Upton of Michigan, Billy Long of Missouri and Greg Walden of Oregon after they met with Trump about a new healthcare bill at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Kellyanne Conway and one of her daughters arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump on January 2, 2017 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 469 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kellyanne Conway during an interview with host Seth Meyers on January 10, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Kellyanne Conway, senior advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives to a swearing in ceremony of White House senior staff in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Trump today mocked protesters who gathered for large demonstrations across the U.S. and the world on Saturday to signal discontent with his leadership, but later offered a more conciliatory tone, saying he recognized such marches as a hallmark of our democracy. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 469 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kellyanne Conway during an interview with host Seth Meyers on January 10, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: White House Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, greets guests during the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House said 21,000 people were expected to attend the annual tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn that was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks at the annual March for Life rally in Washington, DC, U.S. January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
CONCORD, NH - MAY 10: Kellyanne Conway (left) and New Hampshire Governor Christopher T. Sununu during press conference following opioid listening session at the State House in Concord, NH on May 10, 2017. (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway chats with repoters on board Air Force One as they wait for U.S. President Donald Trump to arrive for travel to Philadelphia from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway (C) stands with a Secret Service agent as they wait for U.S. President Donald Trump to arrive to board Air Force One for travel to Philadelphia from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway holds up a copy of the firing letter that President Donald Trump had sent to FBI Director James Comey during an interview with CNN at the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump yesterday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway stands near a bust of late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with labor leaders in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Senior aide Kellyanne Conway listens while White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds the daily press briefing January 23, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 12: White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is interviewed by Michael Wolff during a discussion at the Newseum titled The President and the Press: The First Amendment in the First 100 Days, on April 12, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Senior staff at the White House Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon (L-R) applaud before being sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence in Washington, DC January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Counselor to U.S. President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway prepares to go on the air in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Counselor to U.S. President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway prepares to go on the air in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks, Senior Counselor Steve Bannon and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway arrive for the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool
Kellyanne Conway, advisor to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, departs for a church service before the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump kisses his campaign manger Kellyanne Conway's hand at a pre-inauguration candlelight dinner with donors at Union Station in Washington, U.S. January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Advisor to President-elect Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway arrives to attend a candlelight dinner at Union Station on the eve of the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Kellyanne Conway, advisor to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, arrives with him aboard his plane at Reagan National Airport in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: (L to R) Mark McKinnon of Showtime's �he Circus� KellyAnne Conway, Counselor to U.S. president Donald Trump; and Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, attend the Showtime-presented finale reception and discusson of the second season of THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST STORY ON EARTH at The Newseum on May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Showtime)
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"Why did he do that? He did that for exactly the same reasons. He did that because two Iraqi nationals came to this country, joined ISIS, traveled back to the Middle East to get trained and refine their terrorism skills and come back here and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre of taking innocent soldiers' lives away," Conway told the magazine.

The Obama administration did in fact review the refugee program from Iraq after the incident in Bowling Green, but did not outright ban refugees in the way that Trump's executive order has.

SEE ALSO: Kellyanne Conway lashes out at 'haters' after citing terror attack that never happened

Two Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky were arrested in 2011 and indicted on federal terrorism charges accusing them, in part, of providing material support to Al Qaeda in Iraq, but no attack ever took place. The refugees were ensared in a FBI sting operation.

When Cosmo reached out to the FBI about Conway's account, an FBI spokesman told the magazine that their facts were "incorrect."

Cosmo didn't publish Conway's remarks initially, but on Friday, Conway told the same story on "Hardball." Immediately, she corrected herself issuing tweets saying that she misspoke, saying she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" and not "Bowling Green massacre."

SEE ALSO: Internet creates 'Bowling Green Massacre Victims' fund that redirects to ACLU donation page

In an interview with Fox News' Howard Kurtz on Sunday, Conway again defended the legitimacy of her story.

"I should have said plot or I should have just called them terrorists. ... I clarified immediately. I should have said terrorists and not massacre," Conway said. "I'm sure it will live on for a week."

"I misspoke one word. The corrections in the newspapers that are attacking me are three paragraphs long every day," she added.

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Bath Consolidated School bombing in Bath Township, Michigan -- 45 killed (including perpetrator), 58 injured on May 18, 1927

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Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia -- 33 killed (including shooter), 23 injured on April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech students gather at a makeshift memorial Monday, April 16, 2007, on campus following a shooting that killed more than 30 people on campus earlier in the day. (Photo by Ted Richardson/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)

Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut -- 28 killed (including shooter), 2 injured on December 14, 2012

Residents grieve following a shooting December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. At least 26 people, including 20 young children, were killed when a gunman assaulted the school and another body was found dead at a second linked crime scene, police said. Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance told reporters that the attacker killed 20 children and six adults, including someone that he lived with, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The gunman also died at the scene, and a 28th body was found elsewhere. AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

University of Texas in Austin, Texas -- 16 killed (including shooter), 32 injured on August 1, 1966

Police officer Ramiro Martinez (left) at a press conference after he and other officers shot student Charles Whitman (1941 - 1966) dead after Whitman went on a shooting spree at the University of Texas at Austin, 1st August 1966, killing 15 and wounding 31. (Photo by Shel Hershorn/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado -- 15 killed (including gunmen), 24 injured on April 20, 1999

Police officers gather in front of Columbine High School, in Littleton, CO, before searching the building to insure that it was secure 20 April 1999, following a shooting spree by two masked teenagers. As many as 25 students were killed when two gunmen opened fire on students inside the school building, before turning their weapons on themselves in the rampage. AFP Photo by Mark LEFFINGWELL (Photo credit should read MARK LEFFINGWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon -- 10 killed (including shooter), 9 injured on October 1, 2015

Led by chaplain Toni New, a chaplain for the Billy Graham rapid response team, friends of the late Rebecka Ann Carnes, one of the Umpqua community college shooting victims, embrace each other for an emotional prayer at a memorial service in Winston, Ore., on Oct. 3, 2015. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Red Lake High School in Red Lake, Minnesota -- 10 killed (including shooter), 5 injured on Marck 21, 2005

This Red Lake Net News internet webpage photo captured 22 March, 2005 shows people and emergency vehicles outside of the Red Lake Senior High School in Red Lake, Minnesota. A teenage student went on a shooting rampage at an Indian reservation 21 March, killing his grandparents at their home and then seven people at his school, grinning and waving as he fired, authorities and witnesses said. The suspect apparently killed himself after exchanging gunfire with police. The shooting is the worst US school massacre since Columbine in 1999, police and local media said 22 March. AFP PHOTO/DSK (Photo credit should read DSK/AFP/Getty Images)

Oikos University in Oakland, California -- 7 killed, 3 injured on April 2, 2012

Bodies of the shooting victims at Oikos University are covered with tarps on the ground as police survey the scene on April 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. According to the Oakland Police Department, the shooting suspect is believed to be in custody. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Isla Vista killings near University of California at Santa Barbara -- 7 killed (including gunman), 14 injuted on May 23, 2014

Two men kneel at a makeshift memorial after a killing rampage May 24, 2014 left seven people dead, in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara California May 24, 2014. Authorities said the 22-year-old lone gunman, Elliot Rodger the son of a director who worked on the 'The Hunger Games' killed six people. Rodger also died in the attack. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Poe Elementary School bombing in Houston, Texas -- 6 killed (including perpetrator), 19 injured on September 15, 1959

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Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois -- 6 killed (including shooter), 17 injured on February 14, 2008

A memorial to slain students sits near Cole Hall on the campus of Northern Illinois University February 15, 2008 in DeKalb, Illinois.Six people were killed including the gunman and 16 others were wounded after University of Illinois graduate student Stephen Kazmierczak opened fire with a shotgun and three handguns inside a lecture hall. This is the fourth shooting at a U.S. school within a week. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Westside Middle School shooting in Jonesboro, Arkansas -- 5 killed, 10 injured on March 24, 1998

Flower covered graveside of slain teacher Shannon Wright who died protecting student during March 24 shooting attack at Jonesboro Westside Middle School by peer gunmen Mitchell Johnson, 13, & Drew Golden, 11. (Photo by Barbara Laing/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

West Nickel Mines School in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania -- 6 killed (including gunman), 5 injured on October 2, 2006

Investigators search the one-room West Nickel Mines Amish School 03 October 2006 in the town of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. According to officials a milk truck driver identified as Charles Carl Roberts IV entered the schoolhouse, let the boys and adults go free, tied up the girls and shot them execution style before committing suicide. Five girls were killed and at least seven others injured. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Santa Monica shooting in Santa Monica, California -- 6 killed (including gunman), 2 injured on June 7, 2013

Investigators look around near the scene of two shooting fatalities and a possible suspicious package after multiple shootings took place at various locations including Santa Monica College June 7, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. According to reports, at least six people have died in the shootings. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon -- 4 killed (2 elsewhere), 25 injured on May 20-21, 1998

A police officer walks past the entrance of Thurston High School 22 May as the investigation continues following a fatal shooting the previous day. Fifteen-year-old Kipland Philipp Kinkel killed two fellow students and injured twenty-three others 21 May after he entered the school's cafeteria with a semi-automatic rifle and two hand-guns. AFP PHOTO Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Marysville Philchuck High School in Marysville, Washington -- 5 killed (including shooter), 3 injured on October 24, 2014

Women read memorial messages on the memorial wall at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, under the school sign. Taken on 11/1/2014. (Stephen Ehlers via Getty Images)

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