Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad's intentional use of chemical weapons against innocent women and children amounts to behavior worse than that of Adolf Hitler, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said on Tuesday.Speaking with reporters one week after a chemical attack killed 87 civilians and injured over 550 in Idlib province, Spicer said that Assad's tactics were not utilized by Hitler, "who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons.”“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” said Spicer, who was explaining US President Donald Trump's decision to draw a red line against the use of chemical weapons. “Someone who is despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons. You have to, if you're Russia, ask yourself, is this a country... a regime that you want to align yourself with?”
Asked by a member of the press corps to clarify his remarks, Spicer said that Assad's decision to indiscriminately drop chemical toxins on civilian areas separated him out from other dictators “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,” Spicer said. “He brought him into the Holocaust center. I understand that. But I’m saying in the way that Assad used them where he went into towns, dropped them down into innocent, into the middle of towns. So the use of it, I appreciate the clarification there. That was not the intent.”Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement following the press conference, saying that "Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman's statements."
Spicer on Syria: “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons...” pic.twitter.com/UN3JfRRg0w— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 11, 2017