TRUMP'S PRESS SECRETARY SEAN SPICER'S GROVELLING APOLOGY ON CNN AFTER SAYING 'EVEN HITLE
Press Secretary Sean Spicer on the right, made his apology to CNN's Wolf Blitzer (left), whose paternal grandparents perished at Auschwitz and whose parents survived the Holocaust
Donald Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer (pictured) appeared on CNN Tuesday afternoon to apologize for comments he made comparing Hitler, more favorably, to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad
Donald Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared on CNN Tuesday afternoon to apologize for comments he made comparing Hitler, more favorably, to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained that he was attempting to 'make a point about the heinous acts Assad had made against his own people last week using chemical weapons' when he made an 'inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust.'
'Which, frankly, there is no comparison,' Spicer said.
During the briefing itself, one shocked reporter tried helping Spicer from his comment, reminding the Trump's spokesman that Hitler used poison gas to exterminate millions of Jews. Another gamely scribe gave him a chance to sputter through a clarification.
Wolf Blitzer asked if he was aware that Jews had been gassed during Hitler's reign, Spicer said yes.
'Yes, clearly I'm aware of that,' Spicer said.
The gaffe came as about six million American Jews – and millions more around the world – celebrate Passover.
Spicer mentioned the holiday in his apology as well.
'There's really is no explaining it at this point,' he said. 'It's just to say that especially this week, it was not something that was appropriate.'
Asked by Blitzer, who, exactly he was apologizing to, Spicer said, 'Well, clearly, anybody who not just suffered in the holocaust or is a descendant of anybody, but frankly anyone who was offended by those comments.'
Then, he made another mistake during the interview with Wolf Blitzer, Spicer said he hadn't meant to be a distraction as Trump tried to 'destabilize the region,' pointing to Syria and the Middle East.
'I should have stayed focused on the Assad regime and the dangers they have brought to their own people and the terrible atrocities that they did,' Spicer said. 'And to drag any other comparison into this was not appropriate.'
He later said the the US wanted stability in the region.
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Sean Spicer prefers giving interview on Fox News, it appeared he chose to go on CNN to make an impact this time because Wolf Blitzer's paternal grandparents perished at Auschwitz and his parents survived the Holocaust.