Sean Spicer addresses Bannon-Kushner feud: 'A lot of it is overblown'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 17, 2017

Mr Spicer said his comments were professionally upsetting because he had "distracted" attention from President Trump's "unbelievable" couple of weeks.

Spicer said in an interview with CNN that he was trying to make a point about Assad's use of chemical weapons and gas against his people Tuesday but "mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison". "This was my mistake, my bad that I needed to fix... this was mine, mine to own, mine to apologize for and mine to ask for forgiveness for".

During the first month of his presidency, Trump occasionally veered off-topic when asked to denounce a spate of crimes directed at American Jews, and initially faced criticism over his selection of chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who led the far-right website Breitbart that has attracted some anti-Semitic readers. I hope I showed that I understand that I did that.

"Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once", said Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

On Tuesday, the press secretary said that said Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons" against his own people like Syrian strongman Bashar Al-Assad.

I mean, you know, I hope people understand that we all make mistakes.

He said his original comments were "inexcusable and reprehensible".

"There's no comparing atrocities", he said during an interview at an event at a museum in Washington. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers.

After making the initial comment, Spicer was asked about it again during the briefing but offered a garbled defense in which he tried to differentiate between Hitler's actions and the gas attack on Syrian civilians last week.

"It's a very holy week for the Jewish people and the Christian people", he said.

Democrats and Jewish organizations condemned the comments.

But Jews are observing Passover, one of the holiest times of the year.

Some are calling on Spicer to resign or be fired. Bannon also told his associates, "I love a gunfight", according to an Axios report, which said that "the hatred between the two wings" in the White House was "intense and irreconcilable". But he was not forthcoming on just who he had spoken with at the White House about the matter.

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

After Spicer's apology on Blitzer's broadcast Tuesday evening, a person close to Spicer told CNN's Jeff Zeleny that the press secretary's fate is unknown.

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