Sean Spicer, the White House’s Press Secretary released a complete apology on Tuesday after he outraged people on social media after saying that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” throughout World War II.
Spicer said the statement during a daily press briefing on Tuesday after a reported asked him regarding the potential future of Putin and Russia’s alliance with Syria’s Assad regime after the week before, the government released deadly gas attacks on civilians.
“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” said Spicer, comparing the Syrian leader to Hitler. “So you have to, if you’re Russia, ask yourself is this a country that you and a regime that you want to align yourself with.”
Later on in the briefing, Spicer attempted to clarify the remarks.
“I think when you come to Sarin gas, he (Hitler) was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” said Spicer. “He brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that. But I’m saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down into the middle of towns.”
The remark regarding “Holocaust centers” seemingly meant to refer to concentration camps – the locations where millions of Polish, Gypsies, Jews and other targeted minorities were brutally killed.
After the day’s press conference, Spicer issued a statement:
“In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.”
He also added in a later interview: “It was a mistake. I shouldn’t have done it. I won’t do it again.”