White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that the main goal of the US in Syria is to “destabilize” the Arab country.
Press secretary for the White House, Sean Spicer, continues to prove his incompetence and ignorance. During only this week, Spicer several times put himself in an awkward position with his statements.
During his daily briefing for reporters, Spicer once again said about the allegedly existing guilt of the Syrian President in a chemical attack on Idlib. Speaking on this topic, he compared Bashar al-Assad with Hitler and managed to do this in favor of the Nazi leader.
“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” Spicer said. “You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”
This statement caused confusion in all the audience, indignant reviews about the Spicer’s words started to appear on Twitter.
After the briefing, journalists and reporters asked Spicer if he knew that Hitler used gas chambers in concentration camps. Spicer replied that he knew about this, but, according to him, Hitler did not use chemical weapons inside cities. The White House spokesman also tried to smooth out the situation by saying that he meant the usage of such weapons against your own people that Hitler did not do.
“I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” Spicer said.
Trying to explain his absurd statement, Spicer noted that he did not attempt to belittle the horrors of the Holocaust and just tried to say that Hitler did not drop chemical weapons on cities.
“I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers,” he said. “Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.”
Later, on Tuesday, Spicer tried to apologize for his comparison of the Syrian President with Hitler and once again put himself in an awkward position. The White House spokesman appeared on the CNN TV-channel and, apologizing for the Hitler gaffe, mentioned that US President Donald Trump is attempting to “destabilize the region.”
“I was trying to draw a comparison for which there shouldn’t have been one,” Spicer said. “I needed to make sure that I…was not in any way shape or form any more of a distraction from the President’s decisive action in Syria and the attempts that he’s making to destabilize the region and root out ISIS out of Syria,” he added.
Wow: While apologizing for Hitler gaffe, Spicer literally says he doesn’t want to distract from Trump’s attempts “to destabilize the region” pic.twitter.com/jlCwC93Wn4
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) April 11, 2017
It was the second time Spicer has said “destabilize” in recent remarks on the region. During Monday’s press briefing, he said one of the goals of U.S. policy there is “to make sure we destabilize Syria – destabilize the conflict there, reduce the threat of ISIS.”
— Aldin 🇧🇦 (@CT_operative) April 11, 2017
Usually, such slips of tongue are called in honor of the famous psychoanalyst “Freudian keyslips” – it is believed that in such moments a person accidentally blabs out what he really has on his mind.
However, Tuesday was not the only one day when Spicer showed his vague understanding of world events or appeared not to understand the implications of his words.
On Monday, the White House press secretary equated barrel bombs with chemical weapons. “If you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb into innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president,” Spicer said.
Also on Tuesday, Spicer said that Syria, North Korea and Iran do not support the US position in the world, as they are “failed states.” He also added Russia in this list, but then noted that he does not consider it as a “failed state.” According to Spicer, now is not the best time to arrange a “cocktail party” with these countries. As the New York Times newspaper noted, though, Iran is an adversary of the US with a history of repression, it is a robust, functioning state.