White House press secretary blasts media over Trump inauguration crowd

Jan 23, 2017, 00:32
White House press secretary blasts media over Trump inauguration crowd

"You saw that. Packed", Trump said during an address at Central Intelligence Agency headquarter in Virginia on Saturday.

It looked like a million, million and a half people.

"So we caught them". We caught them in a beauty.

He said that reporters misrepresented the size of crowd on the wall in Washington, DC yesterday for Trump's inauguration.

H said some in the media had been "sowing division" with "false narratives, adding: "There's been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable".

"We allowed the press in and what happens nearly immediately?"

"You're saying it's a falsehood and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that", she said.

Conway then changed the subject entirely, and launched into attacks on Obamacare, the U.S.

Non-stop news network coverage of last Saturday's sprawling anti-Trump demonstrations were replaced within hours by debate over his "war on the media".

According to Nielsen, only 30.6 million people tuned in for the inauguration Friday. I made a speech.

"We had a massive field of people".

"They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there".

That was definitely a way to start presidency for Trump.

Kellyanne Conway, the omnipresent senior aide to the president, said Sunday that the White House press secretary wasn't lying when he lied about crowd numbers at the inauguration, he was merely presenting "alternative facts". "Period. Both in person and around the globe", said Spicer.

Spicer said the media reported inaccurate accounts of the inauguration attendance. "If we're going to keep referring to our press secretary in those types of terms I think we're going to have to rethink our relationship here", she said. "The American people deserve better".

He left the briefing without taking questions.

The White House over the weekend accused the media of framing photographs to understate the crowd that attended Mr Trump's inauguration, a new jab in a long-running fight between the new President and the news organisations who cover him.

Spicer challenged press accounts that compared the size of the crowd on the National Mall for Trump's inaugural to the numbers who showed up for Barack Obama's swearing-in in 2009. By 11 am. EST on Friday, only 193,000 trips were taken, while in 2009 that number stood at 513,000 trips.

In the course of getting the facts "straight", he claimed incredulously that 250,000 people were packed in between "the media tent and the Washington Monument".

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