Thursday, April 13, 2017
Sean Spicer criticised after saying Adolf Hitler 'didn't use chemical weapons'
Spicer is actually right. Hitler's Zyklon B was an insecticide, quite different from gas used in battlefield applications
Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump's White House press secretary, came under fire on Tuesday after suggesting that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons, and apparently referring to Nazi death camps as "Holocaust centres".
Mr Spicer made his remarks while suggesting that Syria's Bashar al-Assad had sunk lower than Hitler by using sarin gas in last weeks attack in Idlib, which killed more than 80 people including children, and attacking Russia for continuing to back Assad.
The press secretary said: "We didn't use chemical weapons in World War Two. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't descend to using chemical weapons.
"So the question is if you're Russia ask yourself is this a country, is this a regime you want to align yourself with. You have signed on to international agreements. At what point do they realise they are getting on the wrong side of history in a really bad way? This is not a team you want to be on."
Hitler did not use chemical weapons on the battlefield, but he used gas chambers while murdering six million Jews.
Mr Spicer was asked for a clarification of his comments moments later at his daily press briefing at the White House.