There was an actual sentence on web:
His comments followed a V. statement on Saturday attempting to clarify the meaning of the academic speech made in ...
Q: attempting refers to His comments or to a V. statement on Saturday - and why? (Or the sentence is ambiguous in itself, and therefore bad?!)
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In order to achieve the meaning you suggest, the object clause must be broken with a conjunction, as in:
"His comments followed a V. statement on Saturday, and (they) were attempting to clarify the meaning..."