Sean Spicer stuck his foot in his mouth again, and this time, he ended up defending one of the world's most known and hated dictators.
During a White House briefing on Tuesday, the spokesman for President Donald Trump sought to highlight criticism of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, for his apparent use of the deadly nerve agent sarin against civilians.
On Monday, the White House clarified remarks Spicer made from the podium that the use of barrel bombs by Assad's government might lead to further military action by the United States. "You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons". You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know it's never OK to even inadvertently defend Hitler.
Apologising for his comments, Mr Spicer said he had learned to "think before you speak". Did he do that? No. "He brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that". I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. "That was not the intent".
Spicer has since apologized for forgetting or ignoring that Hitler used poison gas to kill Jews and other minorities during World War Two.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday offered a fresh apology for minimizing the atrocities of Adolf Hitler in his comments on Syria, amid a wave of indignation at home and overseas.
"I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad made against his own people last week using chemical weapons and gas", said Spicer to Wolf Blitzer.
But he "mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison", he said.
"Horrible example. I believe he appropiately apologized, but it's really going to be up to the President. It was a mistake to do that".
The US Holocaust Museum did not mention Spicer's comments directly, but sent out a tweet shortly after the briefing that showed graphic footage of dead bodies US forces found while liberating the Buchenwald concentration camp. "It would be really great if the nitpickers could try to see the big picture and didn't exclusively focus on every little slur and lie I say".
No, there should not have been.