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"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the world. These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong," Spicer said.
The official alleged that some photos of the inauguration were "intentionally framed in a way" that minimized the crowd, without providing examples or evidence.
At the same time, Sean Spicer took no questions from reporters and he did not say specifically how many people the White House believes attended the inauguration. He said three large sections of the Mall that each held at least 200,000 people were "full when the president took the oath of office".
Trump also said parts of the National Mall "all the way back to the Washington Monument" were "packed."
However, photographs of the event clearly showed that the Mall was not full in the sections Spicer has described. No official agency provides estimates of the size of gatherings on the Mall. But photos taken from the same vantage point at about the same time of day show that the crowds were far smaller than for President Barack Obama's first inauguration, which Washington city officials estimated at 1.8 million people.