Spicer says Hitler comment 'inexcusable and reprehensible'

Spicer says Hitler comment 'inexcusable and reprehensible'

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".

"I made a mistake".

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

He even went on to say, "You had ... someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons".

"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.

Steven Goldstein, head of the Anne Frank Center, described Mr Spicer's comments as an "evil slur" and said he now "lacks the integrity to serve".

"It is painful to myself to know I did something like that", Spicer said Wednesday.

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.

"Spicer's statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary". A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said comparing Nazi war crimes to present-day situations "leads to nothing good".

Millions of Jews were killed in concentration camp gas chambers during the Holocaust.

Democrats and Jewish organisations condemned Mr Spicer's comments.

Despite the apologies, Mr Spicer's remarks provoked outrage around the globe from those who claimed he showed insensitivity to victims of the Holocaust.

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

It was not the first time the White House has had to answer questions about the Holocaust.

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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