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Sean Spicer gives daily press briefing

Sean Spicer gives daily press briefing

On Tuesday, Spicer shocked the White House briefing room by suggesting that Adolf Hitler was the lesser of two evils when compared to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad when it came to using chemical weapons on their own people.

The Anti-Defamation League is offering to school White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the Holocaust after his recent inaccurate and insensitive comments on Adolf Hitler caused an worldwide firestorm. "We all make mistakes and I hope I showed that I understand that I did that and I saw people's forgiveness because I screwed up. It was a mistake to do that".

USA 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". After the briefing, Spicer emailed a statement to reporters: "In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust". It was brought - so the use of it - I appreciate the clarification there.

Israeli Transport and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz initially called Spicer's comments "serious" and "revolting", adding that Israel should demand he apologise or resign. "When you're distracting from that message of accomplishment and your job is to be the exact opposite, on a professional level I think it's disappointing because I think I've let the president down".

Howard Stern is a longtime friend of President Donald Trump - but he's certainly no friend of Sean Spicer. Even the cynical media, perhaps, felt a pang for this amateur miscue and gave him a chance to escape after he said that Assad, unlike Hitler, had used poison gas. Eighty-seven people, including children, were killed in last week's chemical weapons attack in Syria. "We didn't use them in World War II, Hitler didn't use them".

His remark was an attempt to make Syrian President Bashar Assad look worse by comparison. No, quite the opposite, Spicer should get a thorough thrashing for this idiotic remark. But Spicer's mistake has diplomatic implications as well.

A Republican Colorado congressman says White House press secretary Sean Spicer "needs to go".

"Sean Spicer must be fired, and the president must immediately disavow his spokesman's statements", said top Congressional Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

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