White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer caused an uproar at a White House press briefing on Tuesday when he claimed that Adolf Hitler had not used chemical weapons during World War II.
Spicer made the argument that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s indiscriminate use of chemical weapons against a civilian population was so low that not even Hitler would stoop to that level.
“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had a – someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said. “If you’re Russia, ask yourself if this is a country that you – and a regime that you want to align yourself with?”
Spicer reiterated that international agreements outlaw the use of chemical weapons.
Hitler infamously used chlorine gas in showers to systematically murder the Jewish population of Europe.
A reporter then brought up the comments later in the briefing, asking Spicer to clarify.
Spicer said, “[Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad was doing.”
Reporters interrupted Spicer as he continued to clarify.
“He brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that,” Spicer said.
“In the way Assad used them where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocents – into the middle of towns” was different from Hitler’s methods, the press secretary said.
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