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Trump Spokesman Accuses Media of False Inaugural Reporting


Trump inauguration ratings second biggest in 36 years

Justin Sink
Margaret Talev
January 21, 2017, 6:02 PM EST January 21, 2017, 6:26 PM EST

Spicer insists that inauguration crowds larger than reported
Photographs show far fewer people on Mall than Spicer claimed

Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, took to the White House briefing room for the first time on Saturday to lash out at news organizations and accuse them of false reporting about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration the day before.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the world,” Spicer said. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

He took no questions from reporters and he did not say specifically how many people the White House believes attended the inauguration. He said three large sections of the Mall that each held at least 200,000 people were “full when the president took the oath of office.”

He alleged that some photos of the inauguration were “intentionally framed in a way” that minimized the crowd, without providing examples or evidence.