In a remark meant to shame Syrian leader Bashar Assad, White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrongly declared that Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II. He admitted his gaffe to reporters on Wednesday, saying he let the president down with his comments.
According to a report in The Hill, Spicer said that his remarks distracted from Trump’s recent accomplishments.
“Your job as a spokesperson is to help amplify the president’s actions and accomplishments,” said Spicer, referring to the recent airstrikes on Syria and a successful meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, adding, “When you’re distracting from that message of accomplishment, and your job is to be the exact opposite, on a professional level it’s disappointing because I think I’ve let the President down. On both a personal level and a professional level, that will not go down as a very good day in my history.”
Spicer’s claims that even Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II were only half-right, because he probably didn’t use chemical weapons on the battlefield. However, the Nazis did use Zyklon B and other poisons to kill Jews and other victims in the gas chambers of concentration camps.
“There’s no comparing atrocities,” said Spicer, noting, “Of all weeks, this compounds that kind of mistake. It’s painful to myself to know I did something like that.”
Spicer added, “From a professional standpoint. the President had a phenomenal couple of weeks. And unbelievable successful couple of weeks.” He said that this fact magnified his mistake, which received criticism and ridicule from politicians and Jewish interest groups.
H/T: The Hill
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