Spicer Apologizes Again for Hitler-Assad Gaffe, Gets Facts Wrong Again

After again apologizing for wrongfully stating that the Nazis didn't use chemical weapons, the White House press secretary said North Korea didn't have nuclear weapons – they do

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer listens to a question during a briefing at the White House April 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized once again on Wednesday for his controversial comments on Syria, Hitler and chemical weapons, but during his apology he got his facts wrong again.

"I let the president down," he said, "on both a personal level and a professional one." Spicer added that Tuesday "won't go down as a very good day in my history," while noting that his comments distracted the public from Trump's achievements in Syria.

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Spicer, who was interviewed by journalist Greta Van Susteren at an event in the Newseum in Washington, D.C., made a smaller, but still significant, gaffe about North Korea. When discussing possible cooperation between the United States and China, Spicer said that both countries have an interest in assuring that "we don't have a nuclear North Korea." Van Susteren interrupted him to say that "we do have a nuclear North Korea," since the rogue East-Asian country has been in possession of nuclear weapons for years.

Spicer made the Hitler-Assad gaffe during a daily press briefing Tuesday while addressing the chemical attack and Russia's position on it. The White House accused Russia of covering up in a cover-up of the chemical attacks in Syria.

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"We had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," Spicer said. "So you have to, if you're Russia, ask yourself is this a country that you want to align yourself with?"

The Nazis, in fact, did use gas, Zyklon B, to commit mass murder in death camps during the Holocaust. Both Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the Anne Frank Center has called on President Donald Trump to fire Spicer for denying or downplaying the Holocaust.