Sean Spicer says he let President Trump down with Hitler comments

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WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters) - White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Wednesday he was personally and professionally pained by his comments comparing the atrocities of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Adolf Hitler, saying he had made a mistake and let down the president.

"I made a mistake. There's no other way to say it. I got into a topic that I shouldn't have and I screwed up," Spicer said during an event at a museum in Washington. "I hope I showed that I understand that I did that and that sought people's forgiveness because I screwed up."

Spicer said his comments were professionally upsetting because President Donald Trump had had "an unbelievable successful couple of weeks" and it was his job to amplify that message of accomplishment but "I've let the president down."

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 30, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
SPICER on Syria: "We didn't use chemical in WW2. Someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't sink to the level of using chemical weapons."
Trump spox Sean Spicer just said even Hitler did not use chemical weapons. Um. Maybe not in the battlefield -- but ... gas chambers?
Sean Spicer just said Hitler didn't use chemical weapons. SEAN SPICER JUST SAID HITLER DIDN'T USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS.
Sean Spicer just said Assad is worse than Hitler because Hitler "didn't use chemical weapons." Also, Happy Passover from the White House.
DID SEAN SPICER JUST SAY HITLER NEVER USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS DURING WWII?!?? 😦😦😦 #PressBriefing
Not complimenting Hitler is the number one rule of being a decent person. Sean Spicer missed that memo. #PressBriefing
Spicer just said even Hitler didn't use chemical weapons. I guess Jews being gassed don't count?#holocaust… https://t.co/oSrPakwRs9
WHAT?? Did @PressSec Sean Spicer just say when explaining how awful Assad is to his people,, "..even Hitler didn't use chemical weapons" OMG
Sean Spicer "Not even Hitler used gas on WWII" Really? What was that stuff he used in a 6 mil person genocide
Spicer: even Hitler didn't use chemical weapons. DID HE REALLY JUST SAY THAT
Did anyone else just hear Sean Spicer say "Hitler didn't user chemical weapons"? Holy f**k..... Let the tweets begin... #MSNBC
.@PressSec just compared Assad to Hitler Said Assad was worse b/c Hitler didn't use gas on civilians. Spicer, FYI: Hitler used gas.
Spicer clarifies comment Hitler didn't do what Assad is: "He was not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing."
Spicer: Even Hitler didn't gas his own people. I think the Jews would disagree with that statement.
Me: time to check in on Spicer's briefing Also me: ope. he's talking about Hitler. I'm out...
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