The biggest news story of the last week has been President Donald Trump's decision to attack an airbase in Syria after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on his own people. While discussing the issue during a recent press briefing at the White House, Sean Spicer was once again forced to walk back his comments.

Spicer's conundrum

It was less than two week ago when Bashar al-Assad reportedly used chemical weapons to kill close to 100 innocent people in Syria, many of which turned out to be women and children. The images of the causalities struck a nerve with millions of people around the world, including Donald Trump and his family.

Less than 48 hours after the attack, Trump gave the order to the United States military to send 59 tomahawk cruise missiles at the airbase in question. The reaction was mixed, as opponents of the president were predictably critical, though many Trump supporters were also quick to speak out. Hard-line fans of the former host of "The Apprentice," like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter, took to social media on more than one occasion to express their frustration and betrayal with how the commander in chief decided to respond. Internationally the reception was mostly positive, with the exception of Syrian allies like Russia and Iran opposing, as well as North Korea and China. During the April 11 press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed these issues, but went on to make a curious comparison between Assad and Adolf Hitler.

While taking questions at the White House on Tuesday, Sean Spicer commented on the current situation involving Syria and their relationship with Russia.

"Russia is on an island when it comes to its support of Syria or its lack of, frankly, acknowledgment of what happened," Spicer went on to say, before elaborating further on Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons.

"We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II," he said, before adding, "you have someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons." Sean Spicer then went on to label Russia's inaction and defense of Syria's chemical weapon use as "troubling." As pointed out by The Hill, Hitler did use gas to murder Jews during the Holocaust, which included the use of cyanide gas.

Bad comparison

When Sean Spicer was asked to clarify his remarks comparing Assad to Hitler, the press secretary started to fumble with his response. "I think when you come to sarin gas...umm...there was...he was not using the gas on his own people the same was Assad...there is clearly...there was not..he brought them into the Holocaust center," Spicer said as he attempted to clarify his remarks. "The way that Assad used them where went into towns, dropped them down, the use of it, I appreciate the clarification," he said, before adding, "that was not the intent."

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