President Trump requested that his inauguration photos be edited to make the crowd appear larger after he came across the viral side-by-side image of his sparse audience in comparison to his predecessor Barack Obama’s, a new report revealed Tuesday.
The day after he was sworn into presidency, on January 21, 2017, Trump spoke with the director of the National Park Service, Michael Reynolds, about the matter.
The Guardian said Spicer also spoke to an unnamed NPS official, who was informed the president ‘wanted to see pictures that appeared to depict more spectators in the crowd’ and argued that the raw images showed off ‘a lot of empty areas.’
The government photographer who reportedly edited the photos said he ‘assumed’ their requests were to have the photos cropped in, although that is not what he said they asked of him.
People gather on the National Mall in Washington, DC, to watch the inauguration of Donald Trump’s in 2017, left, compared to president-elect Barack Obama in 2009, right
The photo from the National Park Service shows a crowd from Trump’s inauguration from afar
Another photo here shows a zoomed-in version of the crowd during Trump’s swearing-in ceremony in January 2017
Later in the day, the photographer said he was asked again to ‘edit a few more’ of the images – despite altering as many as 25 already.
In summary, the photographer admitted he ‘edited the inauguration photographs to make them look more symmetrical by cropping out the sky and cropping out the bottom where the crowd ended.’
The special request by the president came shortly after he saw the viral side-by-side image of his sparse audience in comparison to Obama’s back in January 2009.
It has not been confirmed whether the edited photos were actually released to the public.
Just two months ago, former press secretary Spicer continued to maintain that Trump’s
The political aide conceded that his original statement should have been clearer but given all the alternative viewing platforms available his assertion stands.
‘If you look at the statement that I actually made – and I will admit that we should have made it clearer.
President Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania Trump holds the bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC
President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (L) welcome President-elect Trump (2nd-R) and his wife Melania to the White House in Washington, DC January 20, 2017
‘We should have focused on total audience size and not let people believe that we were talking about the Mall itself, I will concede that,’ he said in a statement to
‘But where has any evidence been that suggests that I’m wrong about the total population that watched it? This isn’t a partisan thing. The bottom line is that there are platforms available today that weren’t available for [President Barack] Obama,’ he went on to say.
Spicer, who was the Republican National Committee’s communications director from 2011 to 2017, announced his plan to resign on July 21, 2017.
The announcement came after Trump appointed financier Anthony Scaramucci as the White House communications director.
Scaramucci, however, lasted only 10 days on the job, compared to Spicer’s six months.
The fiery yet trivial dispute over the size of inauguration crowds came just after Spicer became the White House press secretary.
It was Spicer’s first interaction with the media – and set off a combative tone between news outlets and the Trump administration.
Spicer said at the time Trump had the ‘largest audience to ever to witness an inauguration, period – both in person and around the globe.’
Sean Spicer recently stood by his statement that Trump’s inauguration crowd was the largest ever