Republican rep compares Obama to Hitler
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Rep. Randy WeberRandall (Randy) Keith WeberHouse conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess Current, former lawmakers celebrate release of new book on Jack Brooks, 'The Meanest Man in Congress' MORE (R-Texas) compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler in a tweet Monday night criticizing Obama's absence from a solidarity march in Paris on Sunday.

"Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn't do it for right reasons," he wrote.

 

 

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Weber has loudly criticized the president before, calling him the "Kommandant-in-Chef [sic]" on the night of the State of the Union in 2014.

No high-level White House official attended the Sunday march against terrorism and in support of free expression, which was attended by dozens of heads of state. The U.S. was represented by the American ambassador to France. Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderGOP governor vetoes New Hampshire bill to create independent redistricting commission Why target Tucker Carlson? It's part of the left's war on the right The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama legacy under spotlight after Detroit debates MORE was in Paris at the time but did not attend.

The march came after terrorist attacks on a satirical magazine that had drawn the ire of extremists by printing images of the Prophet Muhammad and on a kosher grocery store.

Dogged by questions about the march on Monday, the White House admitted the administration should have sent someone with higher visibility.

“It's fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there,” said press secretary Josh Earnest, who also said the decision not to attend was made by staff members, not the president himself.

Asked Tuesday if the White House had a response to the controversial tweet, Earnest wouldn't bite.

"I don't," Earnest said.

Paris was part of the territory occupied by Germany during World War II. Hitler visited the city in 1940.

— This report was updated at 10:18 a.m.