Spicer: Even Hitler didn't use chemical weapons :: TheHill


White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday erred in claiming that former Nazi Party leader Adolf 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," Spicer said during Wednesday's press briefing.

Hitler is known to have used Cyanide gas in mass murders of Jews.

Spicer was using the Hitler comparison to make a point about how dastardly Syrian president Bashar Assad acted last weekend when he attacked his own people with Sarin gas, which provoked President Trump to strike a Syrian air field.

"If you are Russia, ask yourself, is this a country and regime that you want to align yourself with?" he asked.

Later in the briefing, Spicer walked back his remarks when a reporter challenged him to explain, saying Hitler didn't use chemical weapons "in the same way" as Assad.

"When it comes to Sarin gas, [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing," Spicer said.

"I understand your point. Thank you. I appreciate that. He brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. I was saying in the way that Assad used them where he went into town, dropped them into the middle of town. I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent."