Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s first press secretary, confused the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day with D-Day in a tweet on Wednesday. Spicer later deleted the tweet and apologized for the error.
According to Spicer’s own website, he holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, has served over 20 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and is currently a commander.
December 7 is an important anniversary, marking the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, leading the U.S. into World War 2. Then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called it “a day which will live in infamy.”
On that fateful day according to the government 2,008 members of the navy were killed, along with 218 members of the army, 109 marines and 68 civilians. Nineteen US navy ships were destroyed or damaged.
D-Day was June 6, 1944, when allied navies sent forces ashore in Normandy, France. The operation brought together the land, air and sea forces of eight allied armies in what became known as the largest invasion force in human history.