It's been well documented that Trump and his followers were not happy about the photos from his inauguration.
A National Parks Services photographer cropped photos of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea to cooperate with U.S. in nuclear talks: report Nike to air Kaepernick ad during "Thursday Night Football: report Brothel owner who won Nevada GOP primary being investigated over sexual assault allegations MORE " s Inauguration Day crowd to make the audience appear larger following a personal intervention from the president, according to an investigation by The Guardian.
Pictures soon started circulating online comparing the crowd at former president Barack Obama's inauguration to Trump's, showing there were more people at Obama's.
According to newly released documents, obtained by the Guardian via a FOIA request, Trump personally called the acting director of the National Park Service, Michael Reynolds, on the day of his inauguration.
In what is now a clearly Trump-dictated moment, Spicer claimed that "this is the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe". Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made "multiple" calls to the NPS to badger them about when the new photographs would be ready, the records show. That NPS official, who was not named in the documents, reportedly shared those comments with investigators. After speaking with Trump, Reynolds called an NPS communications official who "got the impression that President Trump wanted to see pictures that appeared to depict more spectators in the crowd", she told the interior department's inspector general. But the NPS couldn't retroactively fill the mall with adoring fans of Trump, so what could they really take his request to mean?
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The photographer then cropped the photos "where the crowd ended". She then contacted the NPS photographer.
And now it's been confirmed that a government photographer edited some photos of his inauguration crowds after Trump was pissed that not enough people showed up.
Spicer and Reynolds did not directly ask for photos to be deceptively edited, but the officials in question believed that was what the president was asking for.
A second official, from the NPS public affairs department, told investigators that Spicer called her office on the morning of 21 January and asked for pictures that "accurately represented the inauguration crowd size".