White House sources say that President Donald Trump was "visibly enraged" by the size of the global Women's March on Washington that took place one day after his inauguration on Jan. 21.
The Washington Post interviewed almost a dozen senior White House officials, advisers and confidants about the rocky first few days of the Trump administration.
The newspaper notes that White House press secretary Sean Spicer was unpacking boxes in Trump's West Wing office when Trump turned on a TV and saw reports of the worldwide demonstration and the low turnout of his inauguration.
Trump reportedly ordered Spicer to deliver a fiery response on reports of the low turnout, which White House aides and advisors advised against.
Spicer addressed the press on Jan. 21 with claims of "deliberately false" inaugural coverage, and rambled off statistics from the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
While the press was stunned by Spicer's announcement and attitude, Trump was reportedly upset that Spicer had slowed down at points and was not forceful enough.
Five of Spicer's claims were debunked by Politico: The "first time" floor coverings were used at the National Mall was not 2017, but 2013; people did not fill the area between Trump’s platform and the Washington Monument; more people did not use the D.C. Metro during Trump's inauguration than President Obama's inauguration in 2013; and the "largest audience to ever witness an inauguration" was not Trump's inauguration.
Meanwhile, Twitter users are chatting about two inauguration pictures posted by Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly on Jan. 22.
The first picture appears to show Trump leaving First Lady Melania Trump far behind him as he meets the Obamas at the White House. The second image shows the Obamas waiting to greet Melania.
Snetiker added this comment: "I genuinely can't stop thinking about this."