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Trump Ordered Park Service to Find Photos Showing Big Inauguration Turnout

HeadlineJan 27, 2017

The Washington Post reports Trump personally pressured the head of the National Park Service to find and provide photographs of the Inauguration Day crowds on the National Mall, in efforts to counter news reports about the inauguration’s low turnout. Trump and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer have repeatedly lied about the crowd size, saying more people showed up to Trump’s inauguration than any other in U.S. history. In fact, 180 thousand people showed up to Trump’s inauguration, compared to 1.8 million who attended Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Trump reportedly also told the head of the Park Service he was angry the service’s Twitter had retweeted a photograph showing a side-by-side comparison of photos from Trump’s inauguration and Obama’s inauguration.

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