I would ask obviously for folks' forgiveness. She wanted Coffman's reaction to the fact that Spicer made reference to a "Holocaust center" and suggested that "Hitler didn't use gas on his own people". Later on Tuesday, he apologized for his handling of the topic, which came on the Jewish holiday of Passover and as Christians prepare to celebrate Easter.
He hasn't spoken to President Donald Trump since the briefing, he explained, but he said, "I've let the president down", and called it a bad day both personally and professionally. To know when you screw up that you possibly offended a lot of people ...
"My goal now and then is to stay focused on Assad and I should have, and I'll make sure to stay in my lane when I talk about that", said the White House Press Secretary.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Spicer compared Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad's chemical weapons attack on his own citizens to Adolf Hitler's actions. Spicer reiterated that sentiment at Wednesday's forum. Trump's long, direct history making bigoted comments that offend virtually every group of people imaginable has been widely documented - so much so that I am afraid we've grown desensitized to it. The attack in northern Syria left almost 90 people dead.
Mindful of the use of Zyklon B in the concentration camps, the host said: "There is an argument to say that he did use chemical weapons at some point". 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". "I think sometimes you see some of that spill over". Why even do that, why bring up the Holocaust?
Reaction from around the world continued Wednesday. "There's no comparing atrocities".
Democrats and Jewish organizations condemned the comments.
"Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman's statements", Pelosi said.
"I always thought he was an odd pick", McCain said.
"It's painful to myself to know I did something like that", an unusually subdued Spicer said during a live interview onstage at the Newseum with MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren.
"His statements imply a profound lack of knowledge of events of the Second World War, including the Holocaust", the Jerusalem-based memorial center said, while also expressing its "deep concern regarding the inaccurate and insensitive use of terms related to the Holocaust by the White House Press Secretary".