Did Sean Spicer Let Slip Trump's Horrific Plan for Syria and the Middle East?
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says the goal of the U.S. is to "destabilize Syria" and the region.
He reiterated the Trump administration's apparent pledge on Tuesday, April 11, while he also falsely claimed fascist dictator Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons. Spicer later clarified that he had misspoken, and referred to the genocidal Nazi regime's concentration camps as "Holocaust centers."
Spicer then proceeded to mispronounce the name of Syria's leader, calling for the ouster of "Ashad" — by which he meant Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In his daily press briefing on Monday, April 10, Spicer noted that the goal of the Trump administration "is to make sure that we destabilize Syria, destabilize the conflict there."
Observers noted he may have misspoken and actually meant to say "deescalate," not "destabilize."
But just hours later, Spicer went on CNN and repeated that President Trump is making efforts "to destabilize the region and root out ISIS out of Syria."
White House press secretary Sean Spicer keeps saying the US goal is to "destabilize Syria" and "destabilize the region" pic.twitter.com/pTwpJw88Dq— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) April 11, 2017
Spicer had appeared on CNN to clarify other egregious comments he made that day.
At the Tuesday, April 11 press briefing, Spicer implied that Bashar al-Assad is worse than Hitler.
Spicer said that, while he found Hitler "despicable," "even he didn't sink to using chemical weapons." In reality, the Nazi leader oversaw the murder of 1 million people with Zyklon B gas alone, largely at the Auschwitz extermination camp.
The White House press secretary also accused the Syrian government of using sarin gas in an attack in the al-Qaeda-dominated province of Idlib, although the U.S. has as of yet not provided any evidence for this.
When a reporter asked Spicer to clarify his comments on Hitler's use of chemical weapons, the White House press secretary replied that Hitler "was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Ashad is doing," mispronouncing the name of President Assad.
Spicer continued noting Hitler "brought them into the Holocaust centers," referring to the Nazi concentration camps where millions of Jews, communists, socialists, Romani, people of African descent, homosexuals and disabled people were exterminated.
"I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent," Spicer concluded in his response to a reporter.
While making these remarks, Spicer beseeched Russia to break its ties with the Syrian government.
Spicer's meltdown coincides with the Trump administration's renewed calls for Assad's removal. White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has affirmed that regime change is now the administration's chief objective.
Since violence broke out in Syria in 2011, the U.S. has been committed to overthrowing Bashar al-Assad, spending billions of dollars and training tens of thousands of rebels to topple his government. Close U.S. allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have also played a key role in pushing for regime change in Syria, ostensibly in the name of freedom and democracy, despite the fact the first two are repressive theocratic monarchies and the latter has grown increasingly authoritarian.