Donald Trump was very upset over a picture retweeted by the National Park Service, which prompted him to call the head of the agency and scold him. On Inauguration Day, Trump introduced himself to the acting National Park Service director Michael T. Reynolds in a very brutal manner. Employees at the NPS took to the agency’s official Twitter account where they reposted a side-by-side comparison of Trump’s inauguration and Barack Obama’s. The photograph clearly showed that more people came out to see the first African-American being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
An angry Trump told Reynolds that he was not pleased with the unflattering pictures and ordered him to publish more photos that can prove that he had a larger crowd than Mr. Obama. Reynolds, who manages U.S. national parks, national monuments and other conservation and historical properties, obliged and released several other photos, which failed to confirm Trump’s alternative fact.
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the phone call did take place. When asked why was Trump wasting his time on something as insignificant as the size of the crowd at his swearing-in ceremony, she dodged the question. Huckabee said the call showed POTUS is accessible to everyone. In his first television interview, Trump spoke at length about the number of people who came out last Friday.
He told ABC’s David Muir: “We had a massive crowd of people. We had a crowd — I looked over that sea of people, and I said to myself, ‘Wow.’ And I’ve seen crowds before — big, big crowds. That was some crowd.” Trump added: “I won’t allow you or other people like you to demean that crowd or demean the people who came to Washington, D.C., from faraway places because they like me, but more importantly they like what I’m saying.” Trump continued: “We had the biggest audience in the history of inauguration speeches.”
Trump also bragged about the standing ovation he received for his Saturday speech before the CIA. Trump explained: “I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl, and they said it was equal.” In a brief statement, the National Park Service said it could not comment on a conversation between officials.