Trump spokesman Sean Spicer says he 'screwed up' with Hitler comments

Sean Spicer sparks outrage after claim 'Hitler didn't use chemical weapons'

How White House reporters reacted to Sean Spicer's 'Hitler didn't gas his people' comments

It was Spicer's second apology in as many days, following an initial mea culpa Tuesday during an interview with CNN.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer's deplorably inaccurate statement about Adolf Hitler's actions, asserting that Hitler did not use "gas on his own people", disqualify him from his present job ("Spicer says he's sorry for Hitler-Assad comparison", Page A1, April 12).

Mr Spicer apologised for making an "inappropriate and insensitive" comparison to the Holocaust in comments about the Syrian president's alleged chemical weapon use. "And for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that".

Veep's press secretary McLintock (Matt Walsh) is shown asking into his iPhone after the footage of Spicer's gaffe from the real White House briefing room.

But Hennen pressed him for more, saying of Spicer, "I think what he was saying is that Hitler didn't take chemical weapons out in a battle-like form and do what Assad did with these children". The comment drew an instant rebuke from critics, who noted the remark ignored Hitler's use of gas chambers to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust.

In a statement to White House reporters, Spicer said in no way he was trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust.

The attack in northern Syria left almost 90 people dead, and Turkey's health minister said tests show sarin gas was used.

A few hours later, a contrite Mr Spicer appeared on U.S. television expressing regret for the comments.

"The problem with Sean Spicer and this administration is, they don't have the DNA of compassion and they don't have the DNA of the knowledge of history and I come from a people who lost 6,000 people a day gassed in Auschwitz - any sixth-grader knows what Sean Spicer should know", he added.

"Every schoolchild knows that Hitler actually did use gas (carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide or prussic acid, aka Zyklon-B) to murder millions of Jews in death camps", it said.

The White House generated criticism at the start of the year when a statement on global Holocaust Remembrance Day did not make any reference to Jews.

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