Spicer trends worldwide on Twitter after first WH briefing
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE's top spokesman was thrust into the spotlight late Saturday after delivering a combative first statement in the White House briefing room, making him a top trending subject on Twitter.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer used his first appearance behind the White House lectern to slam members of the media for their reporting on the size of Trump's inauguration crowds Friday.

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” Spicer claimed.

Media outlets quickly noted that photos and video showed fewer people assembled on the National Mall for Trump's inauguration Friday than for former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFDA tobacco crackdown draws fire from right As Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural Trump's take on midterms: ‘Epic' win in Senate, ‘better than other sitting Presidents’ in House MORE’s inauguration in 2009.

Social media users mocked Spicer for the speech, many turning his "Period" emphasis, into a joke: