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Published on April 19th, 2017 | by Kyle Shatto


History brings Spice to White House

Washington post credit After a heavy news week in the White House, most people expected a quiet week in political news. Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, didn’t get the memo.
Last Monday Spicer was asked what the Trump administrations policy on Syria would be after launching 60 bombs at a Syrian airbase following  their chemical attacks on citizens. His response was not what was expected. Spicer spoke about how former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler didn’t even use chemical weapons.
His comments sparked high media attention. In regards to the Syrian president gassing his own people, Spicer said, “You had someone who was despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”
These comments were not taken well by many. Some even calling for his removal from his position.
“Spicer has no knowledge of historical context,” Amanda Zahlman, Florida Southern senior, said. “This is not the first time he has made comments that were not politically correct in his position and he has only had it for a few months.”
Spicer did clarify later that he misspoke but maintained there is a difference in the use of chemical weapons. This justification was mocked in the popular late night show Saturday Night Live.
“He (Spicer) has made mistakes, but he is still adjusting to his position and has shown steady improvement since being in office, Tim Doyle, Florida Southern junior, said. “He will come back from this and continue to do a good job for the White House.
President Trump has not commented on Spicer.

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