White House press secretary Sean Spicer caused quite a stir at the briefing Tuesday when he said “not even someone as despicable as Hitler” used chemical weapons like Bashar al-Assad did last week.
“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” Spicer said. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons, so you have to, if you’re Russia, ask yourself if this is a country you want to align yourself with.”
"We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II … Hitler didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," Spicer claims when discussing Syria pic.twitter.com/MjfNgyN0ew
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Spicer later attempted to walk back his earlier comment when a reporter pointed out that Hitler used gas chambers to kill millions of Jewish people.
“He was not using the gas on his own people the same way Assad used them — in the way that Assad used them where he went into a town and dropped them down on innocent civilians…I appreciate the clarification — that was not the intent.”