Sean Spicer apologizes for 'inappropriate, insensitive' Holocaust comment

Sean Spicer at the White House on April 10. Chip Somodevilla  Getty Images

Mr Spicer's comments came on the first day of Passover and a day after the White House held a Seder dinner marking the emancipation of the Jewish people, a tradition started during the Obama administration.

On Tuesday, Spicer said Syria's chemical weapons attack on civilians was worse than anything Hitler did. The comment drew an instant rebuke from critics, who noted the remark ignored Hitler's use of gas chambers to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust.

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".

"I love it", Spicer said of his job. "He displaced half of the country, he destroyed the country".

It was the second day in a row in which Mr Spicer, Donald Trump's main spokesman, appeared to struggle to articulate the president's foreign policy at a critical time.

"The media is so gullible, they fall for these things because they think it's really hot stuff and the public just can't wait to stick it to Sean Spicer - who 99% of the people wouldn't have the foggiest idea who he is and it distracts them from other things", Cramer, a North Dakota Republican, said Wednesday KFYR-FM with conservative radio North Dakota host Scott Hennen.

It is of course possible that Mr Spicer did not see the Fox Business Network interview.

Now is probably a good time to remember that Spicer used to dress up as the bunny for the White House's annual Egg Roll.

For example, last month, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade said Russian Federation "ran right over" Obama for eight years.

The rival New York Post did not address Spicer's gaffe with its Wednesday cover, instead focusing on President Trump's vow that "we're not going into Syria".

Mr Spicer issued an apology for his remarks about Hitler and Assad on CNN shortly after the initial comments.

While discussing the nerve gas attack allegedly carried out by the Syrian regime, Mr Spicer told reporters that Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons".

"Frankly, I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison", Spicer said.

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