Newly sworn in U.S. President Donald Trump came to office with a series of controversies surrounding him. His inauguration ceremony was no different. The presence or the lack of crowds as he was being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States has become yet another point of debate.
As per media reports, the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration was much smaller than Barack Obama’s inauguration crowd size. The president took to Twitter himself and “debunked” claims about the crowd size that were doing rounds.
A photo delivered yesterday that will be displayed in the upper/lower press hall. Thank you Abbas! pic.twitter.com/Uzp0ivvRp0— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2017
The tweet indicated that a panoramic photo of the inauguration crowd will hang in the West Wing where administration press and communications officials work and to which reporters have access.
The president landed into yet another awkward situation by tweeting this photo that has a huge mistake printed on it. The inscription states a date, Jan. 21, 2017, which is actually a day after the ceremony took place. The swearing ceremony took place on Jan. 20 and the Women’s March, which was better attended than the inauguration, took place on Jan. 21.
The Trump presidency has repeatedly looked to dispute the number of people who turned up to the event — with Press Secretary Sean Spicer arguing that an optical illusion tricked people into believing fewer people turned up than actually were there.
Spicer defended his statement during a press briefing that Trump’s inauguration had the largest audience, both in person and around the globe.
The president’s senior counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Spicer and claimed he didn’t utter “falsehoods” regarding the crowd size but was actually giving “alternative facts.”
Despite the error in the picture, Mr. Trump may not actually be allowed to delete his own tweet as deleting tweets from his official handle might violate the Presidential Records Act, which requires the preservation of presidential records.
However, this is not the first time when the president has made errors while tweeting. Recently, he posted a tweet informing people how honored he was with his new position and misspelled a word.
But was quick to correct his error and post a new tweet.
I am honored to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States! pic.twitter.com/BVtt7lSrlA— President Trump (@POTUS) January 21, 2017
The president’s idea of hanging a photo of inauguration crowd in the White House was not welcomed by many on Twitter:
.@realDonaldTrump Oh no, honey, you're still all up in arms over the crowd size. I worry the press might laugh at you about this, dear.— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) January 24, 2017
@graceblue Trump and his swampy team will eat each other up.— Lucy Sharvet (@ScarletJedi) January 25, 2017
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