Sean Spicer's Hitler Gaffe Gets 'Veep' Treatment

21 Avril, 2017, 03:01 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Mr Spicer told reporters that Hitler 'didn't even sink to using chemical weapons'

"You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons", Spicer said during Tuesday's press conference.

"I made a mistake".

He said his original comments were "inexcusable and reprehensible".

United States defence secretary Jim Mattis noted in a separate briefing that "the intent was to stop the cycle of violence into an area that even in World War II chemical weapons were not used on battlefields".

Though Spicer says he let president down, he told Van Susteren that he had not spoken to President Trump about the incident, though it was reported that he had apologized to major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson.

Many celebrities are speaking out against Spicer's comment, dubbing it a "s-t show", and calling for the press secretary to step down.

House Democratic Whip Steny H Hoyer said Spicer's remarks were "indicative of the extraordinary lack of knowledge, perspective, and sensitivity that the Trump administration has brought to Washington".

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Sean Spicer's outrageous comments about Adolf Hitler from Tuesday's press briefing have been mashed up with the closing credits of HBO's Veep, thanks to one savvy YouTube user. A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said comparing Nazi war crimes to present-day situations "leads to nothing good".

The freakish statement ignored the Nazi madman's use of toxic gas to exterminate millions of Jews.

Democrats and Jewish organisations condemned Mr Spicer's comments.

"Your job as the spokesperson is to help amplify the president's actions and accomplishments", Spicer said.

The New York-based Anne Frank Centre for Mutual Respect called on Mr Trump to sack Mr Spicer, saying he had denied that Hitler gassed Jews during the Holocaust. Earlier in the year, the White House generated criticism by issuing a statement on worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews. He had said: "We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II".

A White House spokesman said later that "nothing has changed in our posture" and the president retains the option to act if it's in the national interest.

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