White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday unleashed a blistering attack on the media for its coverage of President Trump’s inauguration.
Spicer used his first official appearance in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room to denounce news organizations’ focus on the inaugural crowd size as “shameful and wrong.”
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said.
Spicer made the claim despite photos and video showing fewer people assembled on the National Mall on Friday than were there for former President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
The spokesman said the side-by-side photos circulating on social media were “intentionally framed in a way to minimize support” for Trump.
He blamed the bad visuals on floor coverings protecting the grass, saying they highlighted empty spaces.
Spicer did not take questions from the media.