White House spokesman Sean Spicer tells an audience at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. that he made a mistake that was ''inexcusable and reprehensible'', when he said the day before that Adolf Hitler did not ''even sink to using chemical weapons.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: White House spokesman Sean Spicer apologizes for saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons. Spicer spoke during an event at the Newseum in Washington, DC on Wednesday (April 12) a day after he made comments that overlooked the killing of millions of Jews in Nazi gas chambers. "To make a gaff and a mistake like this is inexcusable and reprehensible," said Spicer. Spicer made the "mistake" at a daily news briefing, during a discussion about the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 87 people. Washington has blamed the attack on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," Spicer said when asked about Russia's alliance with the Syrian government. The Nazis murdered six million Jews during World War Two. Many Jews as well as others were killed in gas chambers in European concentration camps. When a reporter asked Spicer if he wanted to clarify his comments, he said: "I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing." Later on Tuesday, Spicer apologized and said he should not have made that comparison. "It was a mistake. I shouldn't have done it and I won't do it again," Spicer told CNN in an interview. "It was inappropriate and insensitive." Spicer's assertion, made during the Jewish holiday of Passover, sparked instant outrage on social media and from some Holocaust memorial groups who accused him of minimizing Hitler's crimes.