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. »