Sean Spicer Apologises Again For 'Inexcusable' Adolf Hitler Comments
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 21:40
I hope each person can understand that part of existing is that when you do something, you own up.
"It really is painful to myself to know I did something like that cause that obviously was not my intention, and to know when you screw up that you possibly offended a lot of people".
Spicer, who said he was "aware" that gas chambers were used during the Holocaust, also said he should have "stayed focused" on Assad and asked people to forgive him for his "mistake". "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". "I shouldn't have done it and I won't do it again".
He noted that Trump had bombed a Syrian air base in a forceful response to chemical weapons use by Assad's government and said Trump's hosting of Chinese President Xi Jinping last week had produced "tremendous progress".
After his verbal on-the-spot clarification, several written statements and yet another apology during a Tuesday appearance on CNN, Spicer had still more to say during a discussion with Greta Van Susteren during a forum on the First Amendment and President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said contemporary comparisons with Nazi atrocities were generally ill-advised.
"It's the same team that had a very successful campaign", Spicer said. I think the president had an unbelievable couple of weeks...
During the daily press briefing at the White House on Tuesday, Spicer stunned the Washington press corps by incorrectly telling reporters that Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II.
"You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons", Mr Spicer said, comparing Mr Assad unfavourably. "I would ask for folks forgiveness", said Spicer.
Spicer has repeatedly apologized for his comments, calling them "inexcusable and reprehensible". Instead, people were left wondering how Spicer could "not know that Hitler marched his own people ... to concentration camps and turned on chemical gas".
Steven Goldstein, director of the Anne Frank Center, said Spicer "delivered one of the most repulsive, prejudiced and grotesque statements we have ever heard delivered from a White House podium".
Yad Vashem expressed "deep concern regarding the inaccurate and insensitive use of terms related to the Holocaust by the White House press secretary".