Following Trump’s allegations of false depictions of his inauguration crowd, he pressured the National Park Service for proof.
The Washington Post reports the 45th President ordered National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds to produce additional photographs of the Inauguration Day audience in Washington, D.C.
This request follows previously expressed sentiments from the new Commander-in-Chief that the photos taken by the media and general public shared on social media were somehow inaccurate.
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It was previously reported that the new administration told the agency to temporarily stop using Twitter after there was a retweet from their account with a side-by-side comparison of the 2009 and 2017 inauguration.
The Park Service responded with an apology for that retweet, describing it as a “mistake.”
According to testimony in reports, three individuals allege that Trump had a conversation with Reynolds and “believed that the photos might prove that the media had lied in reporting that attendance had been no better than average.” When speaking to reporters, the individuals who recounted this phone conversation requested to remain anonymous.
Although The Park Service states they don’t release crowd estimates, experts say the 2017 inauguration attendance was approximately a third of the size of former President Obama’s first swearing-in.