On CNN, Dershowitz Slams 'Holocaust Denier' Smear of Spicer

Frederick Owens
April 21, 2017

During his daily press briefing at the White House, Mr Spicer directly compared the leader of the Nazi Party with Mr Assad: "We didn't use chemical weapons in world war two". I should have not tried to make a comparison. "Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable".

Donald Trump's spokesperson has admitted he "screwed up" by suggesting Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons.

"If I was Trump I would have fired the guy that day and I would have said, 'Listen I've got to get a guy in there that understands history'".

Though Spicer says he let president down, he told Van Susteren that he had not spoken to President Trump about the incident, though it was reported that he had apologized to major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson.

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

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.

When asked whom he was directing his apology to, Spicer said, "anyone offended by the comments".

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said contemporary comparisons with Nazi atrocities were ill-advised.

Democrats and Jewish organisations condemned Mr Spicer's comments.

The remark drew strong criticism from Jewish groups and critics who noted it ignored Hitler's use of gas chambers to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust.

Journalists and politicians in Washington are abuzz about whether Spicer's job is in on the line - whether he has become too much of a liability to continue as press secretary.

The White House generated criticism at the start of the year when a statement on worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Day did not make any reference to Jews.

The New York-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect also called on Trump to fire Spicer, saying he denied that Hitler gassed Jews during 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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