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 TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE made "a rare admission" of regret to aides after sending then-White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerThe Memo: Trump allies have hope, urge new approach in crucial last debate Spicer mocks Pelosi claim of CNN being GOP 'apologists': 'Had no idea I had Wolf Blitzer in my pocket' Debate moderator Steve Scully says his Twitter account was hacked as president accuses him of being a 'Never Trumper' 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.” 


Special counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayMelania Trump gives rally remarks in rare joint appearance with the president Melania Trump focuses on coronavirus in return to campaign trail McEnany appears on Fox in 'personal capacity' as Trump campaign adviser 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.