I ruined Trump's 'unbelievably successful couple of weeks' - Sean Spicer

The offer comes two days after Spicer caused a furor with his claim about Hitler, which was made in an effort to shame Syrian leader Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack. But Hennen pressed him for more, saying of Spicer, "I think what he was saying is that Hitler didn't take chemical weapons out in a battle-like form and do what Assad did with these children".

Spicer made the assertion at a daily news briefing, during a discussion about the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 87 people.

"It's a very holy week for Jewish and Christian people...to make a gaffe and a mistake like this is inexcusable and reprehensible", he continued.

"It was a mistake to do that", Spicer said in an interview on CNN.

He said the comment, made Tuesday at the White House briefing, was personally and professionally disappointing, and he asked for "folks' forgiveness". He also referred to concentration camps as "Holocaust Centers". Critics in January noted the administration's statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which omitted any mention of Jewish victims.

"I've never understood these people being put in these specific positions of power, especially Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway", McCain said.

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Haider was joined by a Rachel Irwin, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, an organization working to elect Democrats to the House of Representatives.

"But if I'm President Trump, I'm like, well Jesus Christ, we're a laughingstock".

Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, said: "On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death".

According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Nazis experimented with poison gas in late 1939 with the killing of mental patients, which was termed "euthanasia".

Perino was certainly sympathetic to Spicer and she told him, "I do think you're a little harder on yourself than you need to be".

There is continuing outrage over the White House press secretary's Holocaust remarks.

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