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Trump Aides Say President Obsessed With Crowd Sizes


President Donald Trump had a rough start to his first few days in office, as he apparently couldn't get over press reports concerning the crowd size at his inauguration, according to anonymous sources.

The New York Times reported that unnamed aides said on Inauguration Day that Trump was infuriated by claims that his crowd was much smaller than the one that gathered for former President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration. Eventually, Trump calmed down, the aides said, and enjoyed the rest of the night. But by the next morning, he was angry again and wanted to push back, rather than focus on his duties as President of the United States.

"The truth of the matter is he had a successful inauguration with a respectful crowd. The transition of power went off without a hitch. His supporters were amiable by and large," presidential historian Douglas Brinkley told Politico. "But then he can never let go and stop watching cable TV. Now he's off to the worst start of a presidency in a very long time."

And on Trump's first full day as president after the inauguration, Trump decided to hold a press briefing at the CIA, where he went off-script to complain about the reports of crowd sizes.

"The president has a modus operandi: He hits back, he strikes back, he's very impulsive at times. He likes to be authentic. It's worked for him for decades, his reputation, his brand, his candidacy," said Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of NewsMax and a close friend of Trump, according to Politico. "The problem is he's moved into a different position and that hasn't fully sank in yet. He's not speaking for Donald Trump and his company. He's speaking as the leader of the free world."

Ruddy explained that many aides working for Trump in the White House do not have the same demeanor as the people who worked for him in the business and media industries where he thrived in before taking office.

"One of the things they don't understand about him is he likes pushback. They are not giving him the pushback he needs when he's giving advice," Ruddy said. "He's a strong guy. He's intimidating to a lot of people. If he doesn't have people who can tell him no, this is not going to go very well." 

Sources: New York Times, Politico / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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