President Trump requested that his takeover photos be edited to make the crowd look bigger after he came across the viral image of his thin audience compared to that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, according to a new report revealed Thursday.
The Guardian, under the admission of the Freedom of Information Act, obtained documents confirming that Trump and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer made phone calls requesting a government photographer to make the crowd It would seem more prominent in your favor.
On January 21, 2017, the day after he was sworn in, Trump spoke with the director of the National Park Service, Michael Reynolds, on the matter.
The Guardian said that Spicer also spoke with an anonymous NPS official, who was informed that the president "wanted to see images that seemed to represent more viewers in the crowd" and argued that the raw images showed "many empty areas."
Another park official, who spoke with Spicer, said he asked the photographer to edit the photos, but to "accurately represent the size of the opening crowd."
The government photographer who reportedly edited the photos said he "assumed" that his requests were to trim the photos, although that is not what he said they asked him to do.
People gather at the National Mall in Washington, DC, to see the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017, on the left, compared to President-elect Barack Obama in 2009, on the right
The photo of the National Park Service shows a crowd of Trump's inauguration from afar
Another photo here shows an expanded version of the crowd during Trump's inauguration ceremony in January 2017
Later in the day, the photographer said that he was again asked to edit a little more & # 39; of the images, despite having already altered up to 25.
In short, the photographer confirmed that he had "edited the opening photographs to make them look more symmetrical, cutting out the sky and cutting out the bottom where the crowd ended up."
The president's special request came shortly after he saw the viral image side by side of his thin audience compared to Obama's in January 2009.
It has not been confirmed if the edited photos were actually released to the public.
Just two months ago, former press secretary Spicer continued to maintain that Trump's inauguration crowd was the largest in history, adding that he does not want to work for the administration anymore.
The political advisor admitted that his original statement should have been clearer, but taking into account all the alternative observation platforms available his claim is maintained.
"If you look at the statement I really made, and I'll admit that we should have clarified it."
President Donald Trump takes the oath as his wife Melania Trump holds the bible on the western front of the US Capitol. UU On January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC
President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (left) welcome President-elect Trump (2 ° -R) and his wife Melania to the White House in Washington, DC January 20, 2017
"We should have focused on the total size of the audience and not let people think we were talking about the mall itself, I'll grant it," he said in a statement to the Washington Post.
"But where has there been any evidence to suggest that I am wrong about the total population that saw it?" This is not partisan, the conclusion is that there are platforms available today that were not available to Obama, "he continued.
Spicer, who was the communications director of the Republican National Committee from 2011 to 2017, announced his plan to resign his communications position at the White House on July 21, 2017.
The announcement came after Trump appointed financier Anthony Scaramucci as director of communications for the White House.
Scaramucci, however, lasted only 10 days at work, and left the administration before Spicer.
The hot but trivial dispute over the size of the opening crowd came shortly after Spicer became the White House press secretary.
It was his first interaction with the media, which triggered a combative tone between the media and the Trump administration.
Spicer said at the time that Trump had the largest audience to witness an opening, period, both in person and around the world.
Sean Spicer (up in Washington, DC in June) recently supported his statement that the Trump inauguration crowd was the largest in history