Sean Spicer meets with reporters after a dispute about the number present at the inauguration
New press Secretary of the White house Sean Spicer holds on Monday the first official briefing to the press. He has previously accused journalists of distorting information about the number of spectators at the inauguration of President Donald trump.
On Saturday night, Spicer said: “It was the biggest audience for the inauguration, period”. He added that the inauguration was watched by a record number of people both live and on TV all over the world.
Spicer did not provide any documentary evidence for this statement and did not answer reporters ‘ questions. The trump also said earlier that his inauguration was watched by around 1.5 million people.
The U.S. government will no longer give estimates of the number of people gathered on the National Mall, after years of disputes with event organizers often claim that people were more than the official estimates.
However, almost all the American media has concluded that the inauguration of the trump called for far fewer people than Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and 2013
In many mass-media there were photos of Obama’s inauguration in 2009, compared with images of the inauguration of the trump, where you can see large empty areas. It is estimated that the first inauguration of Obama it’s 1.8 million people, and the inauguration of trump, according to one TV station, only 250 000 people. However, some sources say a number of those present.
Whatever this figure is, in fact, other analysts have pointed out that Saturday’s “March of women to Washington” was attended by many more people. The event was attended by many celebrities, was held in protest against the arrival of trump to power.
Rating Spicer provoked outrage and a barrage of parodies in social networks. “The Groundhog is the most accurate predictor of weather in history. And to the point. #Fattispecie,” wrote one commenter.
Adviser to trump, Kellyann Conway on Sunday said that Spicer voiced “alternative facts” on the number of viewers, but repeatedly declined to answer the question of why trump has instructed his press Secretary to give incorrect estimates of the number present.