Trump admitted he was wrong over inauguration crowd size fight: book

Trump admitted he was wrong over inauguration crowd size fight: book
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE made "a rare admission" of regret to aides after sending then-White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer on 'Dancing with the Stars': 'Those of us who stand for #Christ won't be discounted' Spicer makes debut on 'Dancing With the Stars' to Spice Girls song Merriam-Webster: A 200-year-old dictionary offers hot political takes on Twitter MORE to fight with the press over reports detailing the crowd size as his Inauguration Day ceremony, according to a new White House tell-all.

Fox News host Howard Kurtz described the incident in his new book, “Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press, And The War Over The Truth.” 

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Special counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayObama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' Journalists, political heavyweights pay respects to Cokie Roberts: 'A pioneer for so many' Iran's supreme leader rules out talks with US at all levels MORE initially tried to persuade the president against the idea of sending Spicer out in his defense, according to an excerpt, as reported by The Washington Post.

She appeared to be one of the few who could calm Trump down, according to the book, using a line she regularly employs with the president when he gets irritated about a matter: "You’re really big. That’s really small.”

But Spicer ultimately came to the podium swinging during his first official White House news conference, insisting that the audience in attendance was larger than for former President Obama.

Spicer inaccurately claimed a day after the inauguration that Trump had “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”

The statement created a dizzying distraction for the White House early in the administration.

Kurtz says following the news conference, Trump make “a rare admission” that he had been wrong. “You were right. I shouldn’t have done that,” he told aides, according to the book.

Spicer told HLN earlier this month that his claim about the crowd size on Trump's Inauguration Day is "first and foremost" an example of one of the times he "screwed up" while serving as the White House mouthpiece.

Spicer left his White House post in August.