The White House has condemned comments by German Justice Minister Herta Daeubler-Gmelin likening US President George W Bush's political methods over Iraq to those of Adolf Hitler.
"This statement by the justice minister is outrageous and inexplicable," Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer told reporters.
The regional Schwaebisches Tagblatt newspaper quoted Ms Daeubler-Gmelin, as saying, "Bush wants to divert attention from his domestic problems. It's a classic tactic. It's one that Hitler used."
Throughout the current election campaign in Germany, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has defied America by opposing US military action against Iraq.
The stance has proved popular with German voters.