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Christie's Advice to Spicer: 'Never Bring Up Hitler'

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By    |   Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 02:57 PM

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., had some advice for White House press secretary Sean Spicer Wednesday: Never bring up Adolf Hitler.

"Here should be a general rule for anybody involved in public life, whether you are a governor, a press secretary for the president, or whether you are a host of 'Fox & Friends,' don't bring up Hitler," Christie told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

"You can't win in any conversation about Hitler. He is the most despicable human being in the history of the world."

Spicer "got carried away with himself," Christie said.

The press secretary came under fire Tuesday after he drew comparisons between Hitler and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, after last week's chemical weapon attack that killed 85 people, saying Hitler did not use chemical weapons. The German leader did not use such weapons on the battlefield, but did kill millions in gas chambers.

Spicer apologized Tuesday and again Wednesday, saying his comments were "inexcusable and reprehensible."

Show co-anchor Ainsley Earhardt complained the "mainstream media" has made the story its headline, but Christie said Spicer should know how to deal with the media.

"If you are the White House press secretary, you know that he deals with the mainstream media every day behind that podium," Christie said. "He made a mistake and apologized for it. The fact of the matter is, you never bring up Hitler. That's a good rule. If you follow that rule, I think you keep yourself out of this trouble completely."

Christie acknowledged Spicer has a tough job, and he does not think Spicer meant harm with his comments, nor is Spicer "discriminatory in any way."

"I don't think that's who Sean Spicer is," Christie said. "But, your job is to be throughout every day speaking for the president of the United States. Anything you should take out of the portfolio is any reference to Hitler."

Christie also discussed Wednesday a report concerning White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, after President Donald Trump, in an interview with The New York Times, downplayed the former Breitbart owner's influence on his campaign.

Christie said he does not know if the interview means Bannon's days are numbered, but he does believe Trump is working to take control and urge his staff to straighten out infighting between themselves.

"I wouldn't jump to conclusions about that, except he's the president sending a strong message, which knowing him, I assume he said in private," Christie said.

Bannon, he continued, is a "very bright guy" and a "big help to the president during the campaign and everything I saw he was involved in. But staff [advisers] are there to serve the president."

Christie also spoke about Trump's comments on former national security adviser Susan Rice's request to unmask names of Trump transition staff from intercepted intelligence communications, after several officials said she did nothing out of the ordinary.

"We should allow this entire investigation to play out," Christie said. "I trust the Senate Intelligence Committee to do this the right way."

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