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Trump Told Park Service To Support Inauguration Numbers

| by Michael Allen

President Donald Trump reportedly called acting National Park Service director Michael T. Reynolds on Jan. 21 and ordered him to find pictures of the inauguration from Jan. 20.

Three people with knowledge of the phone call told The Washington Post that Trump was upset with the low attendance numbers reported by the media, and by a retweet by the National Park Service that showed how much larger the crowd was at President Obama's 2009 inauguration.

Trump has publicly voiced his frustration against the media over reports of the inauguration attendance. White House press secretary Sean Spicer ripped into reporters on Jan. 23 with numerous false claims about the inauguration attendance, noted The Washington Post.

As far as the Trump phone call, National Park Service spokesman Thomas Crosson told The Washington Post: "The National Park Service does not comment on internal conversations among administration officials."

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White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders characterized Trump's call as a illustration of him being "so accessible, and constantly in touch."

"He’s not somebody who sits around and waits," Sanders said. "He takes action and gets things done. That’s one of the reasons that he is president today, and Hillary Clinton isn’t."

During a visit to CIA headquarters on Jan. 21, Trump grumbled about media coverage of his inauguration.

"It’s a lie," Trump said, according to The Washington Post. "We caught [the media]. We caught them in a beauty. It looked like a million, a million and a half people."

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However, the aerial photos that Reynolds found for Trump did not support Trump's claim.

Sources: The Washington Post (2), CBS News / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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