Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., apologized Wednesday after receiving criticism for posting a selfie video, which included a politically charged message, during his tour of the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in Oswiecim, Poland.
"My message has caused pain to some whom I love and respect. For that, my own heart feels sorrow. Out of respect to any who may feel that my video posting was wrong or caused pain, I have retracted my video," the congressman said in a statement released Wednesday.
Higgins said during the video that the U.S is more susceptible now to an attack of this nature, than ever before.
"Slave labor would go into the room and drag the bodies of those poor souls out and bring them and incinerate them in these ovens. There were three sets of ovens like that," Higgins said in the video. "This is why homeland security must be squared away — why our military must be invincible."
The Auschwitz memorial museum criticized the video in a tweet on Tuesday, including a message from inside a gas chamber.
"Everyone has the right to personal reflections. However, inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It's not a stage," the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum said.