On Tuesday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer condemned the Syria attack with chemical weapons (of last week) in a press briefing in the White House by saying ‘not even Adolf Hitler had sunk so far as to use chemical weapons against his own population’. This is such a historically incorrect claim, that journalists in the room threw him a lifeline (‘What did you mean by that?’), but his muddled response only ended up making matters worse.
By the end of Tuesday he had to issue a written clarification, and had to correct that clarification twice, as well. And finally, he went on live television one more time, and apologize. As one cable news commentator said : at least the apology was unconditional. Not one of those apologies that start with ‘If I offended anyone, I apologize .. ‘.