Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s held his first briefing, and made the claim that 1.5 million people attended his inauguration, far above the 250,000 estimate, which Trump called “a lie.”
Spicer claimed that “in one particular tweet” photos of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration had been “intentionally framed in such a way to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall.”
Spicer claimed that the white floor coverings used to protect the grass on the National Mall made it appear as though the crowd was smaller than in photos of previous inaugurations when the floor covering was not in use. That is not true. Photos show the white floor coverings were used during Obama’s 2013 inauguration. CNN’s television report showed Getty photos of the floor coverings being installed.
Spicer further claimed that security measures, including the use of magnetometers, prevented “hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.” The U.S. Secret Service tells CNN reporter Jim Acosta that magnetometers were not used. Two senior law enforcement agents also denied the use of magnetometers to New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt.
A USSS spokesperson tells us no magnetometers were used on the National Mall for Trump's inauguration.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 22, 2017
According to two senior law enforcement officials, magnetometers WERE NOT USED in the areas Spicer said they were on the Mall.
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) January 22, 2017